A GRANDFATHER fears he has fallen victim to a scam after buying an ebike online from a suggested Facebook post ad – with the bike never arriving.Roy Thomas said he had been delighted when he spotted the Dic Space advert on the social media platform, being suggested an ebike for £98.99 in a flash sale.The 60-year-old ordered the bike in October, waiting for the bike that had been guaranteed to arrive in 5-7 days.More than 30 days later, he’s still waiting for the Ruffian black Pedelec.Roy, of Nuneaton, Warwickshire, told The Sun Online: “It had looked like a bona fide company, and it looked very professional.“It all looked good but after seven days it still hadn’t arrived.”The tracking order told him that it was slowly arriving in the UK, eventually making it to his home over the weekend.But Roy insists that the product never arrived, with the CCTV on his building even showing that no one had ever dropped off a package.He said: “In effect, … [Read more...] about Granddad ‘scammed out of £100 by “fake” Facebook advert’
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MARTIN Lewis has warned shoppers against a host of scams firms and Facebook ads that are using his name to lure them into investing money in dodgy schemes.In a passionate rant, he accused the companies of trying to leech off his reputation and sell customers things with an implied recommendation, which is an "absolute lie".Mr Lewis insisted he never does Facebook adverts, adding that charities are usually the only ones allowed to use his name and they should always link back to his website MoneySavingExpert.com.“If you don’t see it [the link], don’t trust it, it isn’t true,” he added.Particularly, Mr Lewis warned against a “disgusting” cloud trading scheme that is luring customers into investing money into a company that he is supposedly backing.The scam was featured in a Facebook advert linking to what looked like an article from the BBC.The article claims that anybody could earn hundreds of pounds by just signing up to a programme called … [Read more...] about Martin Lewis warns about ‘liar’ Facebook posts and ads using his name – here’s why you should avoid them
FACEBOOK has disabled its targeted advertising after a report claiming the feature allowed advertisers to reach “Jew haters”.ProPublica reported yesterday that the social media giant’s self-service ad-buying platform had allowed marketers to target ads at people who, on their Facebook profile, had listed phrases such as "Jew hater" as their field of study or work.Some 2,300 people had expressed interest in sick topics like "Jew hater," "how to burn Jews" and "History of 'why Jews ruin the world', according to ProPublica's probe.Facebook, the world's largest social network, confirmed the investigation.Once people put those phrases on their Facebook profiles, the anti-Semitic topics automatically migrated onto the company's advertising platform, as if they were education or job data that would be useful to marketers, Facebook said.Facebook said in a statement yesterday: "We are removing these self-reported targeting fields until we have the right processes in place to … [Read more...] about Outrage as Facebook allows companies to target ‘Jew haters’ and other sick anti-Semitic groups with ads
FACEBOOK has sparked outrage after it banned an advert which shows the everyday struggle of women trying to squeeze into ill-fitting bras.The advert for Australian lingerie brand, Berlei, depicts a range of women in their everyday struggles with their bras - whether it is trying to get into a sports bra or dealing with strap marks.However Facebook and Instagram deemed the ad"offensive", news.com.au has reported.Berlei added that Facebook banned the advert because of "the pixelated nudity, overt focus on bouncing breasts and overly zoomed images".A statement from the company added: "The ad highlights the daily realities women have with their breasts in an honest and authentic way."Like the bra itself, the ad was designed to empower women to care for and invest in themselves."Though Youtube initially banned the advert as well - it has since been reinstated and has attracted a number of positive comments.One user said: "This ad is great, so emphatic and with a funny and legible … [Read more...] about Fury after Facebook bans ad showing everyday struggle of women squeezing breasts into ill-fitting bras because ‘it may cause offence’… so what do you think?
A BRUTAL boyfriend who battered a young mum after she revealed she wanted to leave him has been jailed after a huge Facebook search to find him.Jenna Thomas, 22, showed off her black and bloodshot eyes and swollen face in a bid to catch attacker Jamie Webber, 27.Jenna's horrifying images were shared online hundreds of times before Webber was tracked down by police.He admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm at Newport Crown Court over the brutal assault and was jailed for three years.Prosecutor David Pugh said Webber attacked his girlfriend after accusing her of being unfaithful.Mr Pugh said: "She decided she was not happy in the relationship and told him she wanted him to leave."He started going through her phone and found a message from her son's father. Webber would not accept that."He approached her from behind, putting his arms around her neck. He asked her again who he was while he was squeezing so tightly she couldn't not breathe and lost consciousness."He added: "After … [Read more...] about Savage boyfriend who battered his young mum lover after she revealed she wanted to leave him is jailed following huge Facebook search
FACEBOOK has added a rainbow flag to the list of emojis which you can use to react to posts on the social media platform.Find out why Facebook has added the option, and how you can get access to it.Facebook has introduced a rainbow flag reaction to celebrate LGBT Pride month.The company announced it in a post published at the weekend: "We believe in building a platform that supports all communities. So we're celebrating love and diversity this Pride by giving you a special reaction."The new reaction emoji will be available throughout the month. Luckily, it coincides with London Pride which begins on June 24.In order to get access to the reaction emoji, along the more familiar Like, Love, Haha and all the rest, you need to activate it.To do that, simply visit the @LGBTQFacebook page and click 'Like'.Refresh your page, and the rainbow flag should then be available as a reaction.If you’d previously like Facebook’s official LQBTQ resource page – and more than 15m users … [Read more...] about What does the Facebook rainbow flag reaction emoji mean, and how can I get it? All you need to know
MARK Zuckerberg was finally awarded an honorary Harvard degree last night - 12 years after dropping out to launch Facebook.But hackers decided to steal some of the billionaire's thunder by taking control of the university's student newspaper and using its front page to hurl abuse at "Zoinkerberg".Many of the fake headlines claimed that Zuck had "stolen" the idea for Facebook.The main headline on the page said: “MARK ZOINKERBURG AT IT AGAIN.”"I did not steal idea for Facebook," another added.The billionaire has fought legal cases against people who have claimed he copied the idea for Facebook from them.He paid out about $65million (£51million) in cash and stocks to the Winklevoss twins, whose claim that Zuckerberg nicked their idea featured in the storyline of The Social Network, a biopic about the geeky tech tycoon.Other related headlines on the hacked Crimson site included “OOPS: MINK PINKLEBINK ACCIDENTALLY ‘LIKES’ OWN … [Read more...] about Hackers mock Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg by taking control of university news website after he receives his honorary Harvard degree
SEVEN nurses and medical workers have faced disciplinary action in the past year for making racist comments or criticising work on Facebook.Lisa Kane said of her Muslim patients: “More in there than Kabul. Get them out of my country.”She lost her job at South Tyneside Trust.Clare McLean boasted how she was hungover and faced a 12-hour shift.She also breached professional guidelines by labelling her workplace a dungeon, and posting a picture suggesting elderly patients turned into Gremlins at night.Chesterfield Royal Hospitals trust fired her.Peter Crute, of Brighton’s Royal Sussex County Hospital, was fired and jailed for using Facebook to groom a 14-year-old.The Nursing and Midwifery Council disclosed the information after a FoI request. … [Read more...] about Racist rants, hangover confessions and gremlins meme posted to Facebook lead to medic sackings
In a statement on Monday, Google said a policy change was in the works which would prevent websites that misrepresent content from using its AdSense advertising network. The company did not detail how it would implement or enforce the new policy. "Moving forward, we will restrict ad serving on pages that misrepresent, misstate, or conceal information about the publisher, the publisher's content, or the primary purpose of the web property," Google said in a statement. The company's planned policy change fails, however, to address the issue of fake news or hoaxes appearing in Google search results. Instead, the change aims to assure users that publishers on the network are legitimate and eliminating financial incentives that appear to have driven the production of much fake news. It was unclear whether the company had adopted a mechanism to rate the accuracy of particular articles. Ban on 'illegal, misleading or deceptive' content Facebook, meanwhile, … [Read more...] about Google, Facebook move to clamp down on fake news sites
Researcher Daniel Miller's blogged announcement toward the end of last year made waves. He claimed that "Facebook is not just falling, it is basically dead, finished, kaput, over" among users aged 16 to 18. Miller spent most of 2013 researching social media usage in a small community near London, under the auspices of a worldwide, 15-month study on the impacts of social media, funded by the European Research Council. Miller's research found that teens now prefer other social media platforms to Facebook. He claims that one of the reasons for this is that Facebook "lost its cool" as it became mainstream - and as the kids' parents signed up as well. Yet teens remain on Facebook - to stay in touch with their family, among other reasons. These differing uses are all part of a delicately balanced social media ecosystem, where platforms grow and evolve to fill niches as users' preferences change. Diversifying platforms Miller's research found that teens have been moving away from Facebook … [Read more...] about Have reports on Facebook’s death among teens been greatly exaggerated?