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Is this really legal for them to do ? I consider it false advertisement personally!

Cicero, NY |

I spend a great deal of time on Facebook because I run a Jewelry business page. I have been noticing lately that the sponsored advertisements are bold face lies. I have been taking screen shots daily as they happen. For instance, My husband and sister have Facebook accounts and while i'm on my own account scrolling my newsfeed I will see "sponsored Ads" Claiming my husband and sister have liked certain pages or advertisements . One of them is Duracell. I showed it to my husband and he had no idea why it was showing his name AND Image as claiming he likes the "Duracell" page. Isn't this type of behavior false advertisements as these people have never liked those pages or ads to begin with ? Can they really use your name and picture for things you have NO affiliation with ? It seems illegal!

Attorney Answers 2


  1. You should contact Facebook for a violation of the Facebook Terms of Use if unauthorized endorsements appear.

    The above is general legal and business analysis. It is not "legal advice" but analysis, and different lawyers may analyse this matter differently, especially if there are additional facts not reflected in the question. I am not your attorney until retained by a written retainer agreement signed by both of us. I am only licensed in California. See also avvo.com terms and conditions item 9, incorporated as if it was reprinted here.


  2. Facebook has become a menace since going public. They had to settle with the FTC for tracking violations. They suspend accounts: they suggest friends but then block you because you are friending people. They vary their privacy rules for us to feel secure but then we hear they share our information with the government.

    It appears to be big money greed at work. I for one do not believe you will ever win against them. It's the little guy against Enron. The lawyers are paid millions so the giant can do anything it wants.

    Stop using it.

    Good luck.

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