in

How Kim Kardashian Was Charged $1.26 Million For Failing To disclose A Paid Ad For Cryptocurrency On Instagram

Kim Kardashian recently agreed to pay a fine of more than million dollars for failing to disclose a paid social media advertisement for cryptocurrency. 

How Kim Kardashian Was Charged $1.26 Million For Failing To disclose A Paid Ad For Cryptocurrency On Instagram
Nbc / Nathan Congleton / NBC via Getty Images

According to The Securities and Exchange Commision, She was paid $250,000 to share a post to her Instagram account promoting EMAX tokens, sold by EthereumMax. 

How Kim Kardashian Was Charged $1.26 Million For Failing To disclose A Paid Ad For Cryptocurrency On Instagram
Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue

Kim didn’t disclose that she was paid for the endorsement, therefore breaching advertising and anti-touting laws. 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Kim Kardashian (@kimkardashian)

Without admitting or denying any finding, Kardashian agreed to settle the charges by paying out a total of $1.26 million. The penalty is further broken down into a $1 million fine and approximately $260,000 in disgorgement representing the payment she received, plus interest. 

How Kim Kardashian Was Charged $1.26 Million For Failing To disclose A Paid Ad For Cryptocurrency On Instagram
Dimitrios Kambouris / WireImage,

Furthermore she has also agreed to cooperate with the SEC’s ongoing investigation and not promote cryptocurrency for three years.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Kim Kardashian (@kimkardashian)

“The federal securities laws are clear that any celebrity or other individual who promotes a crypto asset security must disclose the nature, source, and amount of compensation they received in exchange for the promotion,” Gurbir S. Grewal, director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, said in the press release. “Investors are entitled to know whether the publicity of a security is unbiased, and Ms. Kardashian failed to disclose this information.”

How Kim Kardashian Was Charged $1.26 Million For Failing To disclose A Paid Ad For Cryptocurrency On Instagram
Pietro S. D’aprano / Getty Images for Prada

Promotion of risky crypto assets by influencers and celebrities has been identified by the commission as a widespread issue. SEC Chair Gary Gensler has stated that Kardsashian’s penalty should stand as a warning to her peers. 

How Kim Kardashian Was Charged $1.26 Million For Failing To disclose A Paid Ad For Cryptocurrency On Instagram
James Devaney / GC Images

“This case is a reminder that, when celebrities or influencers endorse investment opportunities, including crypto asset securities, it doesn’t mean that those investment products are right for all investors,” Gensler said. “We encourage investors to consider an investment’s potential risks and opportunities in light of their own financial goals.”

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Kim Kardashian (@kimkardashian)

Gensler has also warned investors not to base their investment strategies based on influencers or celebrities. 

How Kim Kardashian Was Charged $1.26 Million For Failing To disclose A Paid Ad For Cryptocurrency On Instagram
Chesnot / WireImage

“Even if a celebrity endorsement is genuine, each investment has its own risk and opportunities and may not fit your investment needs,” he said. “A celebrity or influencer’s incentives aren’t necessarily aligned with yours.”

How Kim Kardashian Was Charged $1.26 Million For Failing To disclose A Paid Ad For Cryptocurrency On Instagram
Nbc / NBCU Photo Bank / NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Kim Kardashian’s lawyer has stated that “Ms. Kardashian is pleased to have resolved this matter with the SEC. Kardashian fully cooperated with the SEC from the very beginning and she remains willing to do whatever she can to assist the SEC in this matter. She wanted to get this matter behind her to avoid a protracted dispute. The agreement she reached with the SEC allows her to do that so that she can move forward with her many different business pursuits.”

How Kim Kardashian Was Charged $1.26 Million For Failing To disclose A Paid Ad For Cryptocurrency On Instagram
E! Entertainment / NBCU Photo Bank / NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Written by Barbarz Steelz

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sam Neill Is So hilarious and Wholesome On Twitter, He will Genuinely Soothe Your Soul

15 Celebrities That Grew Up In Small Towns and Became Famous Without Any Connections, They Are The Opposite Of Nepo-Babies