Covert Advertising on IoToys
The objective of this study is to analyse how child YouTubers present the IoToy “Hello Barbie Dream House” on their channels and the legal implications of that advertising. All advertising content must be clearly identified as such and differentiated from other content. Children should not be tricked into thinking that their favourite YouTuber enjoys their new toy, when it was simply given to the YouTuber to mention in their videos, or because they have an advertising contract with a brand which has demanded it appears as entertainment content. For this reason, this study focuses on content creators, the platform itself, its own advertising communication and the legal problems generated by IoToy marketing strategies.
KeywordsNative advertising YouTuber Vloggers Influencers IoToys
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