2 Companies Settle Over Apps' 'Baseless' Claims

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."

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