ProPublica: Facebook Allowed Political Ads That Were Actually Scams and Malware. “Russian disinformation isn’t the only deceptive political advertising on Facebook. The pitch designed to lure President Donald Trump’s critics is one of more than a dozen politically themed advertisements masking consumer rip-offs that ProPublica has identified since launching an effort in September to monitor paid political messages on the world’s largest social network. As the American public becomes ever more polarized along partisan lines, swindlers who used to capitalize on curiosity about celebrities or sports are now exploiting political passions.” And it’s been going on for a while – I mentioned this a year ago in a fake ad mentioning Michelle Obama.
Telegraph: Jayden K Smith: Why you should ignore this Facebook hacker hoax. “Well-meaning users are sharing the message widely, but as with most viral Facebook posts, the message is a hoax. There is no evidence of any account with the name Jayden K Smith going on sprees of adding users, and even if there were, they would not be able to hack into an account just by becoming a friend.”
Well, folks, I got snookered. It doesn’t happen often, but hopefully this will allow me to better calibrate my bullstuff radar. The facial recognition software I posted about recently was a hoax. I apologize.