Use Facebook? You could be famous — and make the company money without earning a dime yourself.
A couple years ago, the company got in trouble for this. Facebook started posting “sponsored stories” asserting that a user’s friends liked certain brands, and it included those friends’ names and photos without asking for permission, CNET says.
That led to some bizarre situations, like this one described by Credit.com:
A couple of years ago, Cheryl Smith had her photo used in a singles ad displayed to her “friend” Peter.
“Hey Peter,” the ad said, with Cheryl’s smiling face on top. “Hot singles are waiting for you!!” Peter might still have dismissed the advertisement, but for one thing. Cheryl is his wife.
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