AdultFriendFinder Settles FTC Charges
The adult site was accused of serving up sexually explicit pop-up ads without consumer consent.An adult social network that caters to the "sex and swingers" community agreed Dec. 6 to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that its use of sexually explicit pop-up ads violates federal law. According to the FTC, Various, Inc., a California corporation doing business as AdultFriendFinder, AdultFriendFinder.com and Cams.com, as well as its various advertising affiliates use pop-up ads to drive traffic to its sites. Some of the ads included graphic depictions of sexual behavior, exposing consumersincluding childrento sexually explicit images.
The FTC claims the pop-ups were delivered to consumers who were searching online with simple parameters such as "flowers," "travel" and "vacations." In some cases, the FTC contends, the company's sexually explicit ads were distributed using spyware and adware.