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    • MSE Megan F
    • By MSE Megan F 23rd Jan 19, 10:23 AM
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    Martin Lewis drops lawsuit as Facebook agrees to donate £3m to anti-scam charity and launch new scam
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    • 23rd Jan 19, 10:23 AM
    Martin Lewis drops lawsuit as Facebook agrees to donate £3m to anti-scam charity and launch new scam 23rd Jan 19 at 10:23 AM
    Social media giant Facebook will launch a dedicated new tool to report scam ads, donate £3m to a new Citizens Advice project to help tackle them and cover MSE founder Martin Lewisí legal costs, after reaching a settlement with him over his campaigning defamation lawsuit...
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    • boo_star
    • By boo_star 23rd Jan 19, 12:31 PM
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    • #2
    • 23rd Jan 19, 12:31 PM
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    • 23rd Jan 19, 12:31 PM
    Why would the "scam ads button" be unique to the UK?

    Surely people across the globe are getting scammed.
    • Mobeer
    • By Mobeer 23rd Jan 19, 12:50 PM
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    • #3
    • 23rd Jan 19, 12:50 PM
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    • 23rd Jan 19, 12:50 PM
    Why would the "scam ads button" be unique to the UK?

    Surely people across the globe are getting scammed.
    Originally posted by boo_star
    Unique to the UK because that's cheaper than rolling it out everywhere.
    • boo_star
    • By boo_star 23rd Jan 19, 6:58 PM
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    • 23rd Jan 19, 6:58 PM
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    • 23rd Jan 19, 6:58 PM
    Unique to the UK because that's cheaper than rolling it out everywhere.
    Originally posted by Mobeer
    Well of course, but it seems like ML would be advocating for consumers everywhere, not just the UK.
    • Blackbeard of Perranporth
    • By Blackbeard of Perranporth 24th Jan 19, 12:29 PM
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    • #5
    • 24th Jan 19, 12:29 PM
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    • 24th Jan 19, 12:29 PM
    And yet again yesterday on ScamBuck, there was a nice picture of Martin being pushed. As with all ScamBuck ads, I treat them with the respect they deserve. Second definitive word is off, you can rhyme with sugar or duck to suit!
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    • A Nice Englishman
    • By A Nice Englishman 24th Jan 19, 12:42 PM
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    • 24th Jan 19, 12:42 PM
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    • 24th Jan 19, 12:42 PM
    Unfortunate truncation of the title!
    • patricia1066
    • By patricia1066 24th Jan 19, 1:03 PM
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    • #7
    • 24th Jan 19, 1:03 PM
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    • 24th Jan 19, 1:03 PM
    Well done Martin for pursuing the scammers on behalf of all of us, and negotiating a good result for UK users of Facebook.
    It's only as good as the speed and accuracy of Facebook s response to a complaint, as these organisations can just spam FB with new fake IDs.
    If it's effective, then other jurisdictions such as the EU and USA will have a precedent to work with.
    If Facebook are not going to follow through, this too will be publicly discussed.
    • PositiveBalance
    • By PositiveBalance 24th Jan 19, 9:20 PM
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    • #8
    • 24th Jan 19, 9:20 PM
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    • 24th Jan 19, 9:20 PM
    Well done, Martin!
    Remaining debt: £5069.01
    Originally: £11,640.02; £6771.01 (58%) repaid
    CC balance: £4999.67 £0 (100% repaid )
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    • gainsboroughgirl
    • By gainsboroughgirl 30th Jan 19, 1:37 AM
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    • #9
    • 30th Jan 19, 1:37 AM
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    • 30th Jan 19, 1:37 AM
    Brilliant work Martin! I admire how you have worked with FB when you were so justifiably angry. Your patience and persistence has been admirable and I hope it will spread , or the idea will spread globally- it should if FB genuinely want to change- they may be proactive themselves more instead of waiting to be sued.
    • Periphery
    • By Periphery 30th Jan 19, 4:57 PM
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    Thank you
    Thank you Martin. I appreciate you spending time & potentially money to successfully tackle Facebook - doing a job our government should be doing. Cheers!
    • MothballsWallet
    • By MothballsWallet 3rd Feb 19, 4:25 PM
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    Martin, you should have kept the lawsuit hanging over Facebook's heads like the Sword of Damocles - if they don't keep their promise and/or screw it up, the lawsuit will take them out.

    Oh, and it's Facebook, they'll break their promises and mess it all up.
    Always ask yourself one question: What would Gibbs do?

    I live in the UK City of Culture 2021
    • mgfvvc
    • By mgfvvc 19th Nov 19, 4:22 PM
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    So now I'm getting a plague of banner ads on Android claiming Richard Branson is promoting bitcoin. Is there a way to stop Google running these scam ads?
    • greyteam1959
    • By greyteam1959 21st Nov 19, 4:06 PM
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    Get an adblocker ??
    • mgfvvc
    • By mgfvvc 26th Nov 19, 8:25 AM
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    Get an adblocker ??
    Originally posted by greyteam1959

    I asked if we could stop Google running the scam ads. An adblocker on my phone won't do that.
    • roddydogs
    • By roddydogs 26th Nov 19, 9:11 AM
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    Unfortunately the "report ads" button seems to have no effect, I still get bitcoin and other scam ads despite reporting them numerous times.
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