FTC: Paying A Big-Name Beauty Influencer To Smear A Competitor Is Unlawful … In These Contexts
Marketing insiders are denouncing the growing trend of beauty companies weaponing influencers against competing brands. Mary Engle, associate director of FTC’s Division of Advertising Practices, discusses the practice and lines that shouldn’t be crossed, blurry as they may well be.
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