Surely it isn't the individual tactics that the FTC dislike, but the theme of dishonesty as a whole.
What way can automated webinars be used and not be deceptive? Have you ever seen them being used in a non deceptive way?
I'm not talking about wording things in a way that you think will protect you in case of a crackdown.
I assume they are so effective because people think they are at an event, in real time, with real people, and that has a powerful effect. But how is that anything other than deliberately constructing a deceptive facade simply because it makes more sales?
Isn't it just a deceptive trick? Wouldn't it be the exact type of thing that entices more scrutiny and tighter regulations from the FTC?