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Seth Matlins, who authored the Truth in Advertising bill, contacted IBTimes on Tuesday to clarify that the bill would only apply to advertising and commercial media. (The wording in the bill says “advertising and other media.”) Editorial images, which are subject to stronger First Amendment protections, would not be affected under the proposed law.
Are you tired of airbrushed cover girls and too-skinny fashion models whose images look as if they’ve been glossed over with a coat of primer? Then say hello to the Truth in Advertising Act of 2014, a recently proposed bill aimed at reducing the use of Photoshopped images in advertising and media.
Also known as the “Anti-Photoshop Act,” the bipartisan bill was introduced in March by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., along with two Democratic co-sponsors, Reps. Lois Capps of California and Theodore Deutch of Florida. Under the bill’s key provision, the Federal Trade Commission would be tasked with submitting a report to Congress on the prevalence of images that have been “altered to change the physical characteristics of bodies and faces” of people depicted in advertising and other media. [read]