Facebook sues ILikeAd, alleges ad fraud
Facebook sues ILikeAd, alleges ad fraud(Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Thursday sued a Hong Kong company that it said baited people into clicking on celebrities' photos and bogus advertising links, so it could install malware and run ads for counterfeit goods, diet pills and male enhancement supplements.
Exclusive: Facebook Fired An Employee Who Was Paid Thousands In Bribes To Reactivate Banned Ad Accounts . The employee was paid to reactivate ad accounts connected to Ads Inc., a San Diego–based marketing firm BuzzFeed News previously revealed was running a sophisticated
Facebook fires employee who reportedly accepted bribes to reactivate banned ad accounts . According to the report, a Facebook employee was paid to reactivate accounts connected to the marketing firm Ads Inc., which BuzzFeed writes "was running a sophisticated Facebook scam that
A Facebook contractor was paid thousands of dollars to help a marketing agency restore its banned Facebook accounts, according to .
San Diego-based Ads Inc. reportedly paid as much as $8,000 (AUD11,739) to convince the contractor to reactivate the company's ad accounts after they were shut down for violating Facebook's policies earlier this year.
from BuzzFeed detailed how Ads Inc. paid to place deceptive ads on thousands of personal Facebook accounts.
Ads Inc. reportedly paid Facebook users $15 to $30 (AUD22-44) per month for access to their account, then sold those accounts to other marketers for $800 (AUD1,173) each.
Facebook is suing a Hong Kong ad firm, claiming it hijacked people's accounts to run millions of dollars of deceptive ads
Facebook is suing a Hong Kong ad firm over a complex ad fraud scheme that allegedly compromising users' accounts to bombard them with deceptive Facebook ads featuring celebrities. In a legal complaint filed on Thursday, Facebook said ILikeAd Media International Company - along with two Chinese citizens - deceived internet users into clicking ads and installing malware. Facebook says this malware enabled the Chinese firm to access their victims' Facebook accounts and hijack their ad accounts, without their knowledge or consent. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Share this with Facebook . Messenger. Amazon is investigating claims that its employees accepted bribes in exchange for leaking confidential sales data. Independent sellers were also allowed to delete negative reviews and restore banned accounts for payments of between (£61; €69) and ,000
Amazon is investigating whether employees sold customer data and received bribes worth thousands of pounds. In return for the money, sellers were reportedly offered internal sales metrics, reviewers' email addresses and the ability to delete negative reviews or restore banned accounts .
By paying Facebook users to post ads on their personal page, Ads Inc. and other companies are able to circumvent Facebook's policies for paid advertisements.
Facebook prohibits account rentals and deceptive advertisements, and Facebook has been actively banning accounts sharing posts for Ads Inc.
However, Ads Inc. CEO Asher Burke and other employees offered multiple Facebook contractors payment in exchange for reversing the bans, according to BuzzFeed News.
"This behavior is absolutely prohibited under our policies and the individual is no longer working with Facebook. We're continuing to investigate the allegations and will take any further necessary action," a Facebook spokesman said in a statement to Business Insider.
Ads Inc. posts contain links directing Facebook users to sign up for dubious free trials that lead to costly monthly subscriptions when left active for a week or more. BuzzFeed said Ad Inc.'s posts are made to resemble news from popular media companies, but often contain falsified information.
Cholera kills over 27,000 pigs in Indonesia .
More than 27,000 pigs have died in a hog-cholera epidemic that has struck Indonesia, with thousands more at risk, an animal welfare official said. Thousands of pigs have died in more than a dozen regencies across North Sumatra over the past three months, and the pace of deaths is increasing, authorities said.