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2 Companies Settle Over Apps' 'Baseless' Claims

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2 Companies Settle Over Apps' 'Baseless' Claims

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2 Companies Settle Over Apps' 'Baseless' Claims

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The Federal Trade Commission has reached settlements with two companies who have been selling mobile phone applications claiming to cure acne. The Apps — which were downloaded nearly 15,000 times — instructed consumers to hold their phone's display screen next to their skin for a few minutes a day, and colored lights would treat the blemishes. The FTC says the companies have agreed to stop making these "baseless" claims.

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And today's last word in business is a lesson for consumers. Repeat this to yourselves, please: A phone app cannot zap a zit.

The Federal Trade Commission yesterday reached settlements with two companies who have been selling mobile phone applications that claim to cure acne. These apps - which were downloaded nearly 15,000 times - instructed consumers to hold their phone's display screen next to their skin for a few minutes a day and colored lights would treat the blemishes. The FTC says the companies have agreed to stop making these, quote, "baseless claims."

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News.

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