Sunday 09 August 2020

Media magnate, Facebook in court over fake bitcoin ads


Media magnate John de Mol and Facebook have been given two weeks to reach agreement on how to deal with fake adverts for bitcoin featuring De Mol, or face a court ruling.

De Mol was in court on Wednesday asking for an injunction against Facebook for failing to remove the adverts, despite repeated requests. The adverts, which lead to fraudulent websites, show De Mol and include fake quotes about his earnings from the crypto currency.

The media entrepreneur wants the court to order Facebook to remove the ads within five days or face sanctions.

However, Facebook’s lawyer Jens van den Brink told the court that De Mol’s demand is out of proportion and ‘technically impossible’. In addition, it is impossible to filter on the basis of the name John de Mol because many other people have that name, the lawyer said.

The court judge said on Wednesday that he would give the two sides two weeks to come up with a reasonable solution. If no agreement is reached, the judge said, he would rule on the case.

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