What's Hot: Advertising Disclosures on Social Media

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With the rise of social media, especially photo-sharing platforms like Instagram and Facebook, the ways retailers are selling products and reaching consumers is drastically changing. While teenagers once looked to magazines and television to learn what fashion looks were new and trendy, they are increasingly turning to social media "influencers" to decide what is cool and worth their money. These fashion influencers are young, attractive users of the social media sites who have amassed vast numbers of followers. The influencers post photos—often many times a day—promoting what appears to be an extravagant and enviable lifestyle, all while showcasing their trendy (and often expensive, brand name) clothing, shoes, and accessories.

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