Sep 10, 2020

Facebook apologises for unauthorised ads

Facebook has apologised after it placed adverts on a publicly funded TV network's website without permission. People who visited the website of Danish broadcaster DR via the Facebook iOS app were served with unauthorised third-party advertisements. A spokesman for Facebook said a coding error "Caused some people to see interstitial ads within news content in the Facebook app". "We are still very unhappy with the fact that users may have been served ads alongside any visits to and have stressed the seriousness of this to Facebook," he added. In the forthcoming iOS 14, apps have to explicitly ask users' permission to collect and share data, meaning ads will no longer be able to just "Follow" users to apps outside of Facebook.

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