Not Worth The Truth?

False Information and Quality?

Solution to False Advertising

To fix the problem of false advertising the government can pass a law to prevent it from happening. This would help a lot because the laws are very weak, for example the Federal Trade Commision states,”When consumers see or hear an advertisement, whether it’s on the Internet, radio or television, or anywhere else, federal law says that ad must be truthful, not misleading, and, when appropriate, backed by scientific evidence. The Federal Trade Commission enforces these truth-in-advertising laws, and it applies the same standards no matter where an ad appears – in newspapers and magazines, online, in the mail, or on billboards or buses. The FTC looks especially closely at advertising claims that can affect consumers’ health or their pocketbooks – claims about food, over-the-counter drugs, dietary supplements, alcohol, and tobacco and on conduct related to high-tech products and the Internet. The FTC also monitors and writes reports about ad industry practices regarding the marketing of alcohol and tobacco.”(FTC 1). These laws are way too weak and they need to become more powerful. So, if we are to prevent this from happening again we can make a law to stop false advertising.

Effect Of False Advertising

Many companies will not speak the truth about the information on the product to make it sound better to the consumer. This is shown in many places for example when Karlee Weinmann in her article, 14 False Advertising Scandals that Cost Brands Millions, states,”In advertising, there's a big difference between pushing the truth and making false claims. Is a product really scientifically proven and are results guaranteed?”(Weinmann 1). This shows that people lie about their products all of the time and there needs to be a limit on the lies that companies advertise. These can be prevented by better restriction on advertisements in our media. This can all be prevented if everyone votes on preventing lies in advertising.

Call to Action

If our society will team up and write a position to make all advertisements speak the truth then we wouldn't have this problem. If there is a law preventing this then nobody will be getting scammed by advertisements.