FACEBOOK's official Marketplace store has turned into a black market for counterfeit goods, The Sun can reveal. Rogue traders are using the eBay-style feature to flog knock-off items, including designer clothes, expensive watches and football shirts. The Sun found more than a dozen sellers using Facebook Marketplace to peddle "replica" items. These included fake pairs of Christian Louboutin heels, and a Gucci jacket on sale for £40 (which would normally cost thousands of pounds). One seller, who had been with the site since 2009, was flogging a counterfeit Audemars Piguet watch for £138. Watches from the ritzy brand would typically cost anywhere from £5,000 to £250,000 and beyond.Selling counterfeit items is against the law in the UK, as Facebook admits on its own site. "It's illegal to sell counterfeit items. Facebook doesn't allow counterfeits to be sold on the platform," the company explains. Facebook describes a counterfeit good as a "knockoff or replica version … [Read more...] about Facebook Marketplace is a black market for ILLEGAL knock-off designer goods – including Gucci scarves, Louboutin heels and World Cup footie shirts
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Arctic Monkeys’ sixth album, Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino, has been named among the nominees for this year’s Mercury prize. The nod makes them the joint second most-nominated act in the prize’s history: the Sheffield band and PJ Harvey have both received four nominations since its inception in 1992, while Radiohead have five. The list features a handful of other bands: Everything Everything receive their second Mercury nomination for A Fever Dream, as do Wolf Alice for Visions of a Life. The London band tweeted: “We are really proud of our baby Visions of a Life and had a such a weird and wonderful time recording it, it is extremely nice to be nominated for the @MercuryPrize. Thank u! We are absolutely buzzing! Lagers on us tonight”. Filling the Mercury prize’s notorious jazz slot are London-based group Sons of Kemet for Your Queen is a Reptile, their first nomination. “It’s great to know that our music and our ideas will have the … [Read more...] about Mercury prize 2018: Noel Gallagher, Florence and Arctic Monkeys shortlisted
Good morning. Less than a week to go and the big questions are whether Boris Johnson can bear to face a grilling from BBC veteran (and the prime minister’s former Spectator boss) Andrew Neil, and how the main party leaders will fare in tonight’s BBC debate. We have the best of other news, including a potentially problematic exchange involving Joe Biden on the campaign trail. What’s going on? Neil has thrown down the gauntlet to Johnson, challenging him to a BBC interview. The prime minister has so far failed to commit – making him the only leader of a major party not to have faced the presenter during the campaign. At the end of his interview with Nigel Farage last night Neil turned to the camera and addressed an audience of millions about Johnson’s failure to take part. “We have been asking him for weeks now to give us a date, a time, a venue. As of now, none has been forthcoming,” he said, adding that the prime minister’s attendance at … [Read more...] about Friday briefing: Johnson won’t be brought to Neil
We need to talk about WhatsApp. When the little green speech bubble first showed up in my life, I greeted it with awe and wonder. I even wrote a little love letter to its ability to connect with a virtual black sisterhood – the kind that rarely exists in our too-undiverse workplaces in real life – in my first book. It became the perfect platform to share experiences, frustrations, strategies and ideas. WhatsApp group communities proliferated on my phone – they were education, community and activism all in one place. It was great. Until it wasn’t. Groups grow too big, don’t they? Then personalities clashed, unleashed from the restraint of real life by the notorious rudeness of social media. Then a WhatsApp safe space was shattered, as one group member leaked confidential material shared by another, showing it to their boss to gain favour at work. The mutual trust and community that took years to build was poisoned in an instant, and so was someone’s … [Read more...] about Has WhatsApp become a potential career assassin?
It started with a fax."Dear Mr DeRogatis," it began. "I'm sending this to you because I don't know where else to go."Mr DeRogatis, Jim to his friends, was the rock critic at the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper. He'd recently reviewed TP-2.com, the fourth album by R&B star R. Kelly, and one of his readers had some feedback."You compared him to Marvin Gaye," they wrote. "Well, I guess Marvin Gaye had problems, too, but I don't think they were like Robert's. "Robert's problem - and it's a thing that goes back many years - is young girls."Initially, DeRogatis dismissed the letter, throwing it in a "slush pile of press releases and hate mail" on the corner of his desk. But later, at home, the letter "gnawed" at him. "There was a level of detail, of specificity," he tells the BBC. "Names, dates, a lawsuit that had never been reported by the media and the fact that the Chicago police department had been investigating Kelly for sex with underage girls for some time."DeRogatis and his … [Read more...] about Jim DeRogatis: The thorn in R. Kelly’s side