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09-12-2011, 11:14 AM #1
FTC 'Pops' Misleading Acne-Curing iOS, Android Apps
The Federal Trade Commission wants to remove the "blemishes" from the mobile app world. That is, the FTC is hunkering down and digging in on smartphone app developers who mislead consumers into believing that their iPhone and Android apps can effectively treat or cure acne.
The first case brought by the FTC involves mobile apps "AcneApp" and "Acne Pwner." According to a press release issued Monday by the FTC, "marketers who advertised that their smartphone applications could treat acne have agreed to stop making baseless claims in order to settle FTC charges."
"The settlements in two separate cases would bar the marketers from making certain health-related claims without scientific evidence," the release states. "The FTC alleged that the mobile apps were advertised to work in the same way: both claimed to be able to treat acne with colored lights emitted from smartphones or mobile devices. Consumers were advised to hold the display screen next to the area of skin to be treated for few minutes daily while the app was activated."
According to the FTC complaint, there were approximately 3,300 downloads of AcnePwner, which was offered for $0.99 cents in the Android Marketplace. Ads for Acne Pwner stated, "Kill ACNE with this simple, yet powerful tool!" The marketers of AcneApp claimed, "This app was developed by a dermatologist. A study published by the British Journal of Dermatology showed blue and red light treatments eliminated p-acne bacteria (a major cause of acne) and reduces skin blemishes by 76%."
The FTC says that there were roughly 11,600 downloads of AcneApp from the iTunes store, where it was sold for $1.99. The settlement orders dictate that Koby Brown and Gregory W. Pearson, doing business as DermApps, should pay $14,294, and Andrew N. Finkle, doing business as Acne Pwner, should cough up $1,700.
09-12-2011, 11:46 AM #2
I don't know how the law works too well, but in theory, shouldn't they turn over ALL the profit?
09-12-2011, 12:04 PM #3
FTC can stop misleading advertising and stop something from selling as well as fine a company, however they do not have the power to make a company to return funds to customer. That depends on the judicial system, people get together and start a class action lawsuit.I personally think people who believe colored lights shining on a zit would get rid of them is not smart enough to do that...
09-12-2011, 12:07 PM #4
True. Chances are they were teenagers, main zit population and charged up a parent's account.
It seems kinda like the only way to win is to break the rules and do it well enough to still come out in the black even after court.
09-12-2011, 12:08 PM #5
09-12-2011, 01:37 PM #6
I can understand the FTC's concern in this matter, but for the individuals who downloaded the app in hopes of removing acne, in my personal opinion, absolutely should not have their money returned.
09-12-2011, 02:38 PM #7
Last edited by unison999; 09-12-2011 at 02:40 PM.
09-12-2011, 05:49 PM #8
Silly people will do ANYTHING for vanity. These are the same people who get scammed by the Prince of Nigeria who wants to pay you $50M if you send him a check for $1,500 lol. These are the same suckers who pay for an iPhone unlock that doesn't exist. It's just sad.
09-12-2011, 06:51 PM #9
haha i think the only reason they really decided to consider this is the fact that one of them has acne and was tricked into buying a 100$ app to cure it. some one is raging in the ftc about being tricked
09-12-2011, 08:23 PM #10
Acne: The occurrence of inflamed or infected sebaceous glands in the skin. Light does not cure inflammation or infection. You don't see doctors writing prescriptions for light when a cut gets infected or you pull a muscle! The FCC should have written a letter to everyone that bought the app and told them pigs fly and money grows on trees. DUMB
09-12-2011, 10:28 PM #11
I disagree, here is my argument
My point is that while the iPhone will not cure anything. I submit to you that there is scientific basis for light in the right spectrum and intensity to kill bacteria.There are No stupid questions, Only stupid people