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They sue Facebook for false advertising with celebrities | Digital Trends Spanish

Over the posting of “misleading cryptocurrency ads featuring celebrities,” the Australian government has sued Facebook parent Meta. The legal action was brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

The text denounces that a person lost the equivalent of $480 dollars after the social network encouraged him to “invest in cryptocurrencies and other plans to earn money that were actually scams,” he reported. SkyNews.

The publicity led the person to false press articles, with quotes attributed to public figures, who “had never approved or endorsed” the campaign, the ACCC added in its lawsuit.

“Users were then invited to sign up and subsequently contacted by fraudsters using high-pressure tactics, such as repeated phone calls, to convince them to deposit funds into the bogus plans,” the regulator said. .

For the president of the government entity, Rod Sims, “Meta is responsible for the ads it publishes on its platform.”

In turn, the parent company of Instagram and WhatsApp recalled that such notices “violate our policies and are not good for our community.”

“We use technology to detect and block fraudulent ads and work to stay ahead of fraudsters’ attempts to evade our detection systems,” a spokesperson said.

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