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The Federal Trade Commission issued strong warnings to celebrities and influencers who peddle products on social media in exchange for cash.

The FTC warned celebrities that they must disclose the compensation they receive in return for peddling products on social media such as Instagram or Twitter.com.

According to The Consumerist, the FTC issued warning letters on Friday, April 21, to 90 social media influencers and the brands that pay them to peddle their products.

The report did not disclose who the FTC sent the letters to, but the FTC did provide a template of the letter.

The letters included multiple warnings and reminders about disclosing endorsements to their followers.

“Consumers should be able to notice the disclosure easily, and not have to look for it,” the letter states.

“For example, consumers viewing posts in their Instagram streams on mobile devices typically see only the first three lines of a longer post unless they click ‘more,’ and many consumers may not click ‘more.’ Therefore, you should disclose any material connection above the ‘more’ button."

"It is often unclear whether an Instagram user is paid to post a product endorsement or if they genuinely use it,” said Kristen Strader, who started a petition to bring the FTC’s attention to the stars' failure to disclose their relationship with brands.

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood also issued a statement:

“We’re glad the FTC is encouraging influencers on Instagram to be more forthright, but we hope they expand that initiative to include YouTube and other social media, which reach millions of children and we hope the FTC will take strong action against any influencers who refuse to comply with the rules.”

  • Trey

    hahaha...IRS coming for that check

  • A D N

    Do people reallllly believe this surgically enhanced "celebrities" use these products? Like reallllly? smh

  • B Zandaz

    Same things with those vaginal detox pearls, I read those are the worst thing for your vaginal area

  • tintin

    Never heard of this. Let me go google it

  • Sexy CJ

    The FTC..... warned celebrities that they must disclose the compensation they receive in return for peddling products on social media.

    In Other Words.....If We Ain't Getting Our Cut 1st.........Nobody Is........

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/729edc06b2f4e0525eb41a5a538463da50c55591c0cc34d791b1973d43ebaf73.gif

  • tintin

    Oh my ...just looked this up. Why anyone would put these beads up their vajayjay is overly confusing. Just wash between your legs and drink water

  • B Zandaz

    Yessssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhh Alot of well named ppl have been promoting these, I always research before i do anything

  • 2brefrank

    They jealous lol

    That tea tore me up! And i never see a bad review..weird!

  • LibraGirlonly

    ?

  • Real Name

    Exactly, they are not concerned if it meets health regulations the government only want a cut of the money GTFOH!

  • Shira Harding-James

    Basically

  • Shira Harding-James

    What is that?!

  • Shira Harding-James

    I take probiotics lol

  • Shira Harding-James

    They are sickening always dipping and dapping in other people's business

  • 4RGSpot

    That bout sumd it up. IRS is next to chime in?

  • Tammie Reed

    Thats why in the hashtags you use, #Ad #Spon Tummy tea reached out to me but I declined! I hate jumping on the bad wagon like everyone else!

  • dontgetblocked

    I love it. So they have enough room on Instagram to mention the product and how much they get paid.

  • klwbaby

    Did people really think these celebrities and IG "models" was promoting this sh*t for free??!!

  • Vixen

    I don't get why people believe them anyway. Most of them have surgery, others have personal trainers and chefs. It's called hard work. Eat right, exercise and if need be cut carbs. Heck, I cut carbs for two weeks and at the end of 6 days I had lost 6 lbs and was mad cause I lost the lil butt that I had. I wasn't trying to lose weight, I was trying to cut out high carbs like bread and sugar that I would put in my tea and coffee because I only eat chicken and fish (neither fried) vegetables and water but Frappes with no whip cream were my weakness.

  • EMILY POST

    Girl nobody believes Hollywood people no more they will peddle products but know they went to the plastic surgeon ????.....

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Monica, KC and JoJo and Jagged Edge are playing the Chicago theatre... I believe, this month.

  • Shira Harding-James

    Anything noticed how huge Tiny's belly button is?

  • pure_rachet

    OMG. Cavernous. She probably got a tummy tuck through the belly button. Looks Gross though.

  • Anunnaki

    Off topic. Have any of u really look at the state of africa and how they are being treated by cave demons. Africa is very rich yet the people are without. Except cave demons. This is totally BS.

  • pure_rachet

    I gained a butt but started getting fat too so I went paleo last month. Lost almost all of my muffin top and handles but only lost 3 lbs which means I kept my butt. Trick is to consume the healthy fats like avocado and olive oil but only eat whole clean foods you make at home. No carbs, No sugar. Funny where a bunch of sugar can hide like Lawry's Salt...

  • Vonn

    Exactly. If daily bathing doesn't keep you fresh...go see the doctor.

  • Howard Alum ?

    I do, especially the Chinese. They are moving in heavy. On BBC news about a year and half ago. Chinese business were opening up in Kenya. Apparently a string of robberies took place, so they barred any Kenyan from entering their establishments. I couldn't and still can't believe it. How you ban someone from interning your establishment? You're the intruder ??

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    #ad.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    Nah. Someone would have to step in before ling ling shop get burned down.

  • KimJongTrill.

    Today actually

  • Concerned

    Where in Africa? Be specific

  • Naptastical

    Sugar is hiding in salt? ?

  • pure_rachet

    seasoned salt. Lots of things we think are good such as vinaigrette, all things not whole have chemicals hidden in them. Even things that should be whole foods. We must make things at home. From scratch. I watch everything I eat now because Crohon's disease runs in my family. Gotta keep my gut right. And as of late, it is spectacular and my hair has grown in black (not gray) at least 3 inches and my skin is good.

  • pure_rachet

    keep in mind, I'm almost 36 and was dying my hair black every month. NOW, NOPE.

  • pure_rachet

    ok look at the pics. I know drug abuse when I see it. I don't care if I get banned. A woman of her age should not have nasty skin like that. I don't blame him for saying that anymore Even though he's an ads. Amber looks like weekend drugs as does TI. SHE LOOKS LIKE PILLS, COKE AND WEED!.

  • pure_rachet
  • pure_rachet

    Pills, coke, weed, and flat tummy tea, I forgot. Never seen bumpier skin in my life as a grown woman. Yuck. But stress will do that....

  • jazmine

    Well that's the IRS's job. People need to report the companies to the FDA if they suspect issues.

  • AcutallyReally

    I'm glad the FTC is coming after celebs who do this. They stay up under a plastic surgeon's knife, taking diet pills and drugs, and not eating and then they hawk these fake products to consumers. There is no tea on Earth that will give you a flat stomach.

  • Rayne

    And I hate those thick hair commercials. Knowing it's all a weave.??

  • LibraGirlonly

    This is ridiculous. People really should pay attention to things like this.

  • Howard Alum ?

    Girl, the government is allowing it. It's sad, but in African countries money talks and the Chinese got a lot of it.

  • Howard Alum ?

    Exactly!

  • Faithz

    They all had better be careful, Unless they can be lucky enough to get audited like Trump...

  • Faithz

    Us poor people pay while the Rich get all kinds
    of Tax breaks.

  • hottlanta

    I saw actual pictures Thursday night on Rachel Maddow the Intel guy in Nigeria hadt 40 million dollars around his house in draws and some of the money wrapped as Xmas gifts around his house. China has been in Africa for years. They are building railroads and infrastructure all over the place. Their politicians are truly all about themselves. They are as bad as the ultra wealthy in Haiti.

  • jazzysmith12

    Just stay away from all meat except fish and processed foods.That meat will create dark spots on your face over time--use milk thistle.About 50 but people tell me I look mid 30's

  • hottlanta

    Notice how they use the word cleanse to make people think they are getting something new. I am ole skool. That ain't nothing but a fancy way to say bowel movement. Back in the day we took X-Lax or Correctol and kept it moving. Don't believe the hype.

  • hottlanta

    I betcha you won't tell a starving family who hasn't had food for days to stay away from meat. That is a lie and you know it. You probably look young because you have good genes in your family. You probably look young because you have a good attitude about life. Sometimes our height and body shape makes us look young. Don't put all of that on because you don't eat meat. People tell me I look young all the time and I love my ribs/pork chops and ground beef and will kill someone if they took my plate away. Stop trying to advertise something that works for you but might kill someone else. Milk thistle really. It is a new hustle everyday.

  • hottlanta

    They learned form the U.S. on how to go in and take over and claim something that isn't yours.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    I saw the announcement on the marquee while I was walking on State Street.

  • jazzysmith12

    We all have different body types.You may be able to eat ribs everyday but most black men in Amerikkka will die from eating pork all the time.
    Black women are different.Heart disease doesn't run rampant among black women as it does black men in Amerikkka.
    Meat and processed foods are bad for you except fish and some turkey meat.

  • hottlanta

    Black women catch hell from white women at work. We catch hell from black women at work and when we get home some of us catch hell from a black man. So don't you as a man try to tell us what we go through until you walk in our shoes. Heart disease is not a contest as to who suffers more than the others in the black community. Both of us suffers. You talking about you are 50 and look 30. Can you still stroke like you are a 30 year old. Looking 30 and stroking like a washed up 50 year old man doesn't mix.

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    *singing* H3ll to the naw. The naw naw naw.

  • jazzysmith12

    "lol, my cardio is on point my beautiful black queen i don't have a problem in the bedroom.AND YES I CALL YOU A QUEEN BECAUSE YOU DESERVE THAT TITLE.You work hard and are educated.

    I'm just going off statistics--CDC .Black men have a high rate of heart disease. If you want to continue to eat pork than go ahead but most black men will die from eating pork constantly.The Most High said to stay away from pork.It's in the old testament.

  • jazzysmith12

    Several scientific studies suggest that substances in milk thistle (especially a flavonoid called silymarin) protect the liver from toxins, including certain drugs, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), which can cause liver damage in high doses. Silymarin has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

  • jazzysmith12

    Milk Thistle is an herbal supplement that detoxifies and protects vital liver functions and more. Milk thistle has been used for over 2,000 years as a natural treatment for liver disorders. The plant is known in scientific circles as the Silybum marianum (L.) Gaertner

    over 2,000 years of use!

  • Ladyvil

    YEAH, THE GOVT WANTS ALL THE MONEY AN WANTS TO BE THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO KILL AMERICANS WITH THEIR DRUGS.....WE GET IT!

  • AcutallyReally

    I only eat meat a couple of times a week now. I like fish but am scared of it because of all the mercury. I was eating farm-raised fish but they say that's even worse for you. How much fish do you eat a week if you don't mind sharing. Are you worried about mercury at all?

  • AcutallyReally

    Agree w/ you on meat jazzy but you're wrong on the heart disease info. Actually black women die more often from heart disease than black men. You can check that statistic at heart.org (American Heart/American Stroke Association). My Mom died of heart disease. Plus women are dying of heart attacks at an increasing rate but often don't know the symptoms because we are taught to think only men have heart attacks. So we all need to watch our diets. An endocrinologist told me to give up beef and pork in my 20s. I had really bad acne, headaches, and was overweight. He asked me to try if for 60 days after I told him I could not live without meat. I lost 15 pounds, my skin cleared up completely, and my headaches went away. I've never looked back. I eat chicken and turkey a couple of times a week but could easily do without that. So, I agree w/ you on meat not being the healthiest thing to eat.

  • jazzysmith12

    I don't hardly every eat fish but I use to eat it a lot.I'm going to stat back though.I'm not scared of Mercury to 4 times a week before though and I grill it on the FOREMAN GRILL.

  • jazzysmith12

    i AGREE 100% Man how those statistics have changed.Black men used to lead in the past.

  • jazzysmith12

    The prevalence of high blood pressure (hypertension) in Black Americans is among the highest in the world, and it is increasing. Rates are particularly high for Black women. ... Black Americans are 77% more likely than White Americans to be diagnosed with diabetes

    "highest in the world" These cave Neanderthal devils are trying to kill us off!!!!

  • Winter wonderland

    With the kind of money she has, her doctor's should have been better.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    I'm so sick of that flat tummy tea bs. Eating right and working out gon get u right not no damn tea. Abs what's in it that's making your stomach "flat"

  • sealsaa

    Too busy staring at her titties?

  • Mrs Mary

    Good im glad

  • Real Name

    I understand that, but they are just money hungry. They dont take the money & do they right thing with it anyway.

  • Coy little wink

    Jennifer Hudson

  • Coy little wink

    What foods cause hair to turn grey? I don't eat much bread potatoes or pasta. No red meat. Bacon occasionally. I eat mostly chicken and fish. Love fruits and veggies. I do eat sweets...mostly hard candy, chocolate and cookies. What am I doing wrong?

  • http://suzar.com/BOTW/BOTW-ch1d-pages7-8.html Staci Elle

    You are a nice person.

  • pure_rachet

    Lol I don't know. I'm not an expert but I know what I'm not eating. I fail a lot too. Hard candy is my vice. I just know I usually dye my hair every month or two. I haven't had to and doesn't look like I will have to. I only have 2 gray hairs!

  • parisjok

    yeah very correct.

    just read a story in the new york post 4/23/2017 about how mostly black and brown middle class and below homeowners are paying way more property taxes than the upper middle class and rich are paying. makes me sick to my stomach

  • Faithz

    Me as well, it will take a act of
    God to get thing under control for sure,,,

  • Acts238

    It is common in Africa to have these same health concerns. Not just "Black Americans". All people of African descent no matter where need to watch out nah. Thanks for the heads up though.

  • jazzysmith12

    Just going of what medical research has shown.Millions spent on the medical research.I believe them over you or anyone.

  • jazzysmith12

    Just going of what medical research has shown.Millions spent on the medical research.I believe them over you or anyone.

  • free

    2 FOBs on here. hmmmmmmm. send your checks ladies!

  • SunRiseBlossom

    You so wrong for this... but straight telling the truth!!! LMBO

  • Shira Harding-James

    Lmbo

  • Reina1718

    This fake laxative tea lol

  • Reina1718

    I cant wait to stop seeing those flat tummy tea pics, waist trainers & that doggone bra now! They go too hard for them!

  • SpiceGirl

    just because it worked for you doest mean it will work for me....and that is with EVERYTHING on the market they peddling.....ijs

  • Whiteguy

    Pants up don't loot.

  • Acts238

    Wetin?