It’s not as bad as if the FCC were to step in and start censoring blogs, but it is a step closer to government regulation…
According to a report in The Washington Post, the Federal Trade Commission is expected to rework guidelines that will permit the agency to go after bloggers who file phony claims on products – or fail to reveal if there is a conflict of interest.
For example, if you work for Company XYZ and log on to your personal blog and post that Product A manufactured by Company XYZ is the best thing you’ve ever used…you better be willing to fess up that you’re an employee.
Do you think a uniform disclosure policy will help or hurt the blogosphere?
One school of thought says that this type of FTC regulation could filter out a lot of the “junk” and add even greater credence to the medium. Others, however, feel that such a move shifts blogging closer to a “police state.”
It’s reported that the same laws would apply to both blogs, Twitter and other social media avenues.