DSSRC Administrative Closure #47

DSSRC contacted a direct selling company about a social media post disseminated by a salesforce member. The subject social media post came to DSSRC’s attention pursuant to its independent monitoring of advertising in the direct selling marketplace. Specifically, DSSRC expressed concern that the social media post conveyed unsubstantiated earnings claims that individuals could make up lost income due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The post in question stated that nearly 40 million people have had their jobs affected due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The post then went on to ask if the reader had a backup plan and/or if they are open to making “serious additional income from home online or part-time.”

In response to DSSRC’s inquiry, the Company informed DSSRC that they are reviewing the post to ensure that it comes into compliance with the Company’s policies and any applicable law. The Company, in a later email, then ensured DSSRC that the post has been removed and they appreciate DSSRC for bringing this issue to their attention.

DSSRC expressed its appreciation to the Company for its efforts in removing the posts. As a result of the prompt actions taken by the Company, DSSRC administratively closed the inquiry.

(closed 7/2/2020)