Consumer campaigner Martin Lewis has dropped his legal action against Facebook over a series of fake endorsements that have harmed his reputation
And in the process, saved thousands in legal fees. He’ll explain how in his new tell-all eBook, available on Amazon.
More than 1,000 adverts have appeared across Facebook bearing Lewis’s name without his permission
Lewis has found it to be ‘deeply distressing’ to have his face regularly pop up across his social media even though he doesn’t want it to be there, something he has in common with anyone who has ever used Google to see if they might be able to get a better deal on their phone.
Many of the adverts were for bitcoin or other crypto-currencies that Lewis does not support
Lewis considers the fashionable investment options to be too high risk and that they can potentially damage lives. A much safer option is to make money by generating ad revenue from articles that encourage people to eat more fast food and partake in saving exercises they can’t sustain and feel depressed about.
Facebook have agreed to introduce a scam ads reporting button and will donate £3m to a new Citizens Advice project.
Once a fraudulent advert has been identified, no action will be taken and any actions that may occur as a direct result of the fraudulent advert will carry on regardless, no matter how disastrous they obviously are.
Google were recently fined record £44m by French data protection watchdog CNIL for failing to provide users with transparent and understandable information on its data use policies.
The fine is the biggest ever laid out for a tech company and is expected to take the search giant literally minutes to recoup the losses.
(Additional Material: Dan Sweryt and Chris Ballard)