General Social Media Chats

While FTC staff may host regular Twitter Chats, we also participate occasionally in social chats on a variety of other platforms.

Some past examples include Facebook and reddit. Chats on these platforms tend to be easier to follow as the host may post one status update, and participants submit their questions within a common comment thread. However, the specific details will vary across platforms. Chat times may also vary, but staff will do their best to alert participants to the length of the chat in advance, and give updates about their live participation throughout the chat.

We will create transcripts of chats on third-party sites and post them here. Generally, we redact personal information such as name or user names, but the original content will live on the third-party site. For information about how the FTC uses these third-party sites including any record retention, please review the relevant Privacy Impact Assessment.

Here are transcripts from the FTC’s previous social chats:

Topic Date Site Details
FTC Robocall Contests Ask Me Anything June 2015 Reddit Patty Hsue from the Bureau of Consumer Protection’s Division of Marketing Practices participated in a reddit AMA about the FTC’s robocall contests, DetectaRobo and Robocalls: Humanity Strikes Back. Contest judges and our contest partner, Pindrop Security, also participated in the conversation.
Ask Me Almost Anything November 2013 Reddit Commission Maureen Ohlhausen participated in a reddit AMAA about data security, privacy, and more.
Business Opportunity Scams November 2012 Facebook FTC Staff Attorney Janice Kopec answered questions about the FTC’s crackdown on Business Opportunity Scams.
FTC Robocall Challenge October 2012 Facebook FTC staff attorney Kati Daffan answered questions about the agency’s first public challenge.
Google August 2012 Facebook FTC staff attorneys Megan Gray and Megan Bartley answered questions live about the FTC’s settlement with Google.
Robocalls July 2012 Facebook FTC staff attorney Kati Daffan answered questions live about the FTC’s new robocalls initiatives.
Skechers Settlement May 2012 Facebook FTC East Central Region attorney Larissa Bungo answered questions live about the FTC’s settlement with Skechers.
Final FTC Privacy Report March 2012 Facebook Chris Olsen answered questions live about the FTC’s final privacy report.