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Australian watchdog sues Facebook-owner Meta over scam advertisements

Australia's competition watchdog filed a lawsuit against Meta on Friday, alleging the social media giant failed to prevent scammers using its platform to promote fake ads featuring well-known people

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Australia's competition watchdog filed a lawsuit against Facebook owner Meta Platforms on Friday, alleging the social media giant failed to prevent scammers using its platform to promote fake ads featuring well-known people.
 
The advertisements, which endorsed investment in cryptocurrency or money-making schemes, could have misled Facebook users into believing they were promoted by famous Australians, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) said.
 
The lawsuit filed in the Federal Court also alleges Facebook "aided and abetted or was knowingly concerned in false or misleading conduct and representations by the advertisers," the ACCC said in a statement.
 
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First Published: Mar 18 2022 | 12:38 PM IST

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