Senators Urge FTC to Address Concert Tour Ticket Scandal

Commission requested to enforce rules after fans complain about Ticketmaster.

Senators Richard Blumenthal and Marsha Blackburn, top members of the Senate Commerce Committee’s data security panel, wrote a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last week urging them to enforce an anti-bot law that legislators helped create in 2016. The letter came as a result of Taylor Swift’s upcoming tour selling out within hours, with Ticketmaster regularly crashing as 3.5 billion total system requests flooded the website at once.

Ticketmaster reported that many of the requests were likely made by bots set up by scalpers to obtain the valuable tickets for resale. The senators wrote, “While bots may not be the only reason for these problems, which Congress is evaluating, fighting bots is an important step in reducing consumer costs in the online ticketing industry.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For federal legislators as they attempt to ensure consumer protection regulations are enforced.
  • For commissioners in the FTC as they evaluate issues with online ticket sales.

Sources: Fox News, Reuters


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