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Facebook: Fired employee who was bribed to show false ads

According to a media company report BuzzfeedThe Facebook fired one of its employees, as it was discovered that were bribed to reactivate an illegal account advertisements violating its policies platform. The employee is said to have received at least 5.000 dollars from a marketing company called Ads Inc.

Buzzfeed had he says some time that Ads Inc. there were false ads with products supposedly promoting various celebrities. The company took advantage of the Facebook platform to showcase its ads and attract more users. It then led users to a site-scam. A Facebook spokesman said that after Buzzfeed reported the matter, the company conducted an investigation, discovered the employee's involvement and fired him.

However, an anonymous source linked to Ads Inc. said that more Facebook employees were involved in the case.

Senator Mark Warner told Buzzfeed that this incident proves that digital advertisers are leveraging large and popular platforms for marketing fraud and other crimes. “Because of article 230, neither the state nor the victims these scams can ask the platforms for the facilitation they provide to crooks"He said.

According to Article 230 of the American Telecommunications Act (1996), online platforms are not responsible for the content that third parties upload to them. So Facebook is not legally responsible for Ad Inc. scams, even though the advertising company used its platform.

On the one hand, this law makes sense. Platforms cannot be responsible for the actions of others. On the other hand though, the popular ones services social networking is increasingly used for illegal activities, misleading users, scams, etc.. Therefore, some measures must be taken to protect users and platforms. Lawmakers should take another look at Article 230. For example, last year, Congress passed a major amendment to the law that allows complaints against platforms hosting content related to sex trafficking.


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