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The Federal Trade Commission's view of Native Advertising

Posted by Clyde Hutchins | Jul 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued guidance on ensures that "native advertising" is not deceptive to consumers. "Native advertising" is when an ad resembles the design and style of the media in which it is presented. "Native advertising" is becoming more and more popular in online media. Examples appearing online include some news feeds, where advertising will be inserted part way down the page, but made to look like another news story. Likewise, in some search engines, ads will appear along with the search results. These are both examples of online "native advertising." According to the FTC, in some cases native advertising may be a deceptive act or practice. It depends upon whether the wording and presentation of the ad misleads consumers about the commercial nature of the content. Does the consumer understand that it is an ad and not part of the contextual media?

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