by Dan Costa
FTC Guns for Blogger Shills—and Misses
Retrieved by Pat Darnell
Blogger payola is risible, but the new FTC guidelines are misguided, unenforceable, and utterly useless.
"The FTC released guidelines designed to crackdown on the blogger payola—the risible practice of paying people to write favorable things about your products or company. As the editor who runs the Reviews team here at PCMag.com, I thought it would be worth my time to wade through the 81-page guide of regulations. After all, the penalty could be $11,000 per violation.
"Near as I can tell, the regulation will require every blogger to disclose payments, gifts, and professional interests for every tweet, post, or email that supports a given company. In other words, this mess of regulations misunderstands media, creates unenforceable rules, and, quite possibly, violates our First Amendment right to free speech. [read entire Article HERE]
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"Well, bully for traditional media—whatever that means these days. As an occasional blogger, frequent Twitterer, reluctant Facebooker, and full-time journalist, I wonder what set of rules the FTC would have me follow? Better still, what are the chances it COULD make me follow them? ..."