Facebook: Pornish Ads for Scammy Websites

Posted by jeremyclarke on October 4, 2007 · General

ad seen on facebook using scantily clad girl for no reason

Uh, is it just me, or is the girl in the Facebook ad pictured at left a bit under-dressed? I get that the ad is about “working from home”, but is that really the best picture to get the message across? It seems senselessly exploitative to me. I mean, when the photographer was choosing the outfit and placement, what were they going for: Relaxing at home, the feeling of freedom you get from being a contract typist? Does she need to wear a see-through shirt to get that across? Is it an underwear ad or what?

Even worse, if the promoted service ‘cashinbiz.net’ isn’t an outright scam or pyramid scheme, then it’s definitely something so sketchy that a reputable site should no sooner promote it than penis enhancing pills or Nigerian businessmen who just need a bit of help. I’m sure that ridiculous, fool-tempting stuff like that generates incredible revenue for Facebook, but it’s so obviously just manipulative bullshit (I’m going to give you money so that I can work?), I can’t believe FB would take them on as an advertiser.

People have been complaining that Facebook is invading their privacy by targeting ads at them based on their listed interests and other information, but I couldn’t care less about that. Having the ads match my interests increases their value and shows me less crap that I really don’t care about. Hopefully it will let them make a profit off my eyeballs without helping hucksters rip me off.

Posted by jeremyclarke on October 4, 2007 · General

5 Comments

  1. hugh

    yeah. “work from home. become online pornstar from the comfort of your own office. all you need is a webcam.”

    October 4th, 2007 at 10:57 pm

  2. Jeremy Clarke

    Wow, you’re right. I didn’t even think of the fact that the description could easily be describing actual sex work, “all you need is your computer”.

    October 5th, 2007 at 10:47 am

  3. Hugh

    sounds sorta like librivox, we say: “all you need is a computer, some free software and a recording mic.”

    October 9th, 2007 at 9:04 am

  4. Emily L

    Jer, maybe it’s because you wrote under dressed girls in your list of interests

    October 11th, 2007 at 1:52 pm

  5. Will R

    The worst I’ve seen is a topless women replacing Sir. John A. Macdonland on a $10 Bill.

    http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/974/adud1.jpg

    February 18th, 2008 at 3:46 am

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