FTC Cracks Down On Marketing Firm That Put Up Fake Reviews In iPhone App Store
from the review-turfing dept
While lots of us were quite concerned about how the FTC might enforce its seemingly arbitrary new disclosure guidelines, so far, it should be admitted, that the FTC has enforced these new rules carefully. It did, for example, warn clothing retailer Ann Taylor for giving gift cards to bloggers who covered their new line of clothes. That was interesting in that it targeted the retailer, rather than the bloggers themselves — but was potentially problematic in that blaming a retailer for potential actions of bloggers doesn’t seem like correct application of liability. Still, in that case, the FTC only issued a warning.
Now the FTC has announced a settlement with marketing firm Reverb Communications, who was accused of writing fake reviews of apps in the iPhone app store. This FTC action makes sense, as it’s clearly a case of someone passing off a review as legit, when it was part of a marketing campaign: