Last year, YouTubers Trevor 'TmarTn' Martin and Tom 'ProSyndicate' Cassell were accused of boosting a CS:GO Lotto website without disclosing their interest in it (ie, that they combined owned it). Now, the Federal Trade Commission has ordered that they (and everyone else) must "clearly and conspicuously disclose" these connections in the future.

"The Commission order settling the fees necessitates Martin and Cassell to clearly and conspicuously disclose any material connections with the endorser or between an endorser and any marketed product or service," that the FTC announcement reads.

"The proposed arrangement settling the FTC's charges prohibits Martin, Cassell, and CSGOLotto, Inc. from misrepresenting that any endorser is an unaffiliated consumer or ordinary consumer of a product or service. The order also requires clear and conspicuous disclosures of any sudden material connections with endorsers."

 

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To match this, the FTC has also sent warning letters to 21 social networking influencers, after having a mass mailout of 90 "educational letters" earlier this year. According to the statement, they warn that when an influencer is "endorsing a new and have a 'material link' to the marketer, this must be clearly and prominently disclosed, unless the connection is already clear from the context of the endorsement."

The FTC arrangement follows last year's uproar, which eventually prompted Valve to take stronger action against CS:GO skin gaming sites. A class action lawsuit against Valve in relation to CS:GO gambling was dismissed in October.

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