FTC Finalizes Settlement With Warner Bros. Over Secret Influencer Marketing
Players of Warner Bros-produced game “Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor” have more enemies than creatures like Ratbag the Meat Hoarder, like unethical “influencers.”
That’s according to the Federal Trade Commission, which on Monday followed a comment period by approving a final consent order in its settlement with Warner Bros. over alleged influencer marketing that wasn’t disclosed as paid.
The FTC said Warner Bros. deceived consumers by failing to tell consumers that it had paid so-called influencers to promote the game. According to the agency, the firm spent thousands of dollars to pay people to post positive videos on YouTube and other social media sites, posts that should have been labeled as sponsored but were not. The videos were viewed more than 5.5 million times.