How Facebook helps shady advertisers pollute the Internet

Posted 28 March 2018

“They go out and find the morons for me.”

It was a Davos for digital hucksters. One day last June, scammers from around the world gathered for a conference at a renovated 19th century train station in Berlin. All the most popular hustles were there: miracle diet pills, instant muscle builders, brain boosters, male enhancers.

They’d come to mingle with thousands of affiliate marketers—middlemen who buy online ad space in bulk, run their campaigns, and earn commissions for each sale they generate. 

Granted anonymity, affiliates were happy to detail their tricks. They told me that Facebook had revolutionized scamming. 

Read the article at Bloomberg.com

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