M1 Finance fined for violations regarding use of social media influencer program

The Case

FINRA announced that it fined M1 Finance LLC $850,000 for social media posts made by influencers on the firm’s behalf that were not fair or balanced or contained exaggerated, unwarranted, promissory, or misleading claims. 

The censure also highlighted that the firm failed to have a reasonable system, including written procedures, for supervising the communications that the firm’s influencers made on its behalf, in violating both FINRA and SEC rules. 

Why Does This Matter?

This case arises from FINRA’s examination of firm practices regarding customer acquisition via social media channels. It represents the first formal FINRA disciplinary action involving a firm’s supervision of social media influencers.

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