There is such a thing as personal ethics. Something that seems to escape many people. Strauss-Kahn springs to mind as does Bernard Tapie - I am sure there must be others - but hey, one man's ethics is another's poison, and after all rules apply to some and not to others.
Judge not lest ye be judged.
So everybody is happy.
If the FTC didn't say that writing product reviews without disclosing material interest was against their rules, would that make it okay?
I'm more concerned with right and wrong, versus what the FTC or some other government organization posts on a website.
If the FTC told you it was illegal to speak out against injustice, would you insist we all obey?
That may sound crazy to you, but there are plenty of governments even today which ban speech that we take for granted in the United States.
Obviously it's 100% wrong. I mention the FTC because it's both morally and legally wrong at the same time.
Some people need that little bit of fear to motivate their morality.