FEC Final Rule on Internet Disclaimers Takes Effect - State and Federal Communications

March 8, 2023  •  

FEC Final Rule on Internet Disclaimers Takes Effect

FEC; Photo: Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call

On March 1, the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) Final Rule concerning internet communications disclaimers took effect. With it, the definition of public communication was revised in 11 CFR  §110.11 in an attempt to clarify how it applies to general public political advertising over the internet.

The amendments to the rules for internet-specific disclaimer requirements endeavor to be analogous to those for print and broadcast media, while also accounting for the unique characteristics of internet public communications, according to the FEC. The new internet disclaimer provisions do not impose the stand-by-your-ad requirements applicable to radio and television advertisements.

The FEC stated it adopted these updates to the regulatory rules “in light of technological advances since the Commission last revised its rules governing internet disclaimers in 2006, and to address questions from the public about the application of those rules to internet communications,” according to the memorandum submitted earlier with a draft of the rule.

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