I don’t how your timeline on Facebook looks like, however I attempt to keep mine amusing as hell with the occasional satire, boring local news stories, and members of the family sharing footage of their lunch. However apparently, the social media behemoth, in contrast to their claims to this time *really really pinky swear* counter fake celebrity and bitcoin scams, has not been successful at blocking these annoying ads.
Again yesterday, a bearded Mel Gibson was attempting to trick me into an elaborate bitcoin investment scheme. Tempting as it may seem, it’s after all considerably faker than fake. Or was that not easy to spot? Would anyone ever purchase something recommended by well-known nutter Gibson? I actually hope not.
The manner these ads work is truly quite ingenious in their own respect. A celebrity is pictured on Facebook with a clickbait title that seems to lead to a respectable news website (in my case, our national broadcaster NOS.nl).
Or, some celebrity shares his insights how he makes extra money and lives with happiness ever after. Then, you won’t believe what happened! The recent investment of said celebrity scares banks, “they” don’t want you to know, however you canafter all, be a beneficiary, too! For the riches!
In the Netherlands, where I live, multi-billionaire media tycoon John de Mol (Big Brother, Voice of) has already tried to sue Facebook over these scam ads depicting him. Last we heard, a Dutch judge urged both parties to settle it among them, and afterward de Mol delayed an extra court case as a result of holiday season. Ali B, a moderately skillful however locally successful rapper and television personality, has even issued a warning on Instagram to his following.