Sections
Shortcuts
Business

Jerk.com slammed by FTC

This is a summary. To read the whole story subscribe to BostonGlobe.com

The Federal Trade Commission is alleging Massachusetts-based website Jerk.com and its owner, Napster co-founder John Fanning, deceived consumers when they collected personal information from Facebook to create profiles labeling more than 73 million people, including children, either a “jerk” or “not a jerk.”

The website falsely claimed that people could pay $30 to revise their online profiles, according to an administrative complaint the federal agency filed last week.

Federal regulators said Jerk.com misled people when it claimed that the content on Jerk.com had been created by other users of the site, when in fact most of the site’s content was harvested from Facebook.

Fanning is from Hull, according to the FTC, and is the uncle of Shawn Fanning, founder of pioneering music-download service Napster.

Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.

Get the full story with unlimited access to BostonGlobe.com.

Just 99 cents for four weeks.

Sections
Shortcuts

Share