Is Facebook now accepting porn ads?

I was pretty shocked when I encountered an adult ad on my Facebook feed. How it got there, though, remains a mystery.

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“My first guess would be that this is a genuine Facebook ad that they've accepted onto their system and that they didn't properly vet. I think that's the most likely scenario. It *is* possible for malware to inject adverts into your browser, but I think that's less likely in this case.”

Well, that’s a big help.

I also contacted Badass Ventures, the parent company of TTOB, to see if they knew anything about this. I’m still waiting for a response. Maybe they’re too busy studying women’s lips.

Facebook has had problems with adware before – notably those made by an ad company called Sambreel Holdings. But that adware inserted large, obvious banner ads, and it got installed along with a Facebook app or toolbar. I’ve not installed anything in the last month that would cause my Facebook to go rogue like this. The referral URLs all look normal – or as normal as any of the 1000+ character Facebook referral URLs look.

So I’m mostly left with questions. How did these ads get there? How did someone manage to spoof the URLs inside them? And why did the bogus ads I recreated take so long for Facebook to reject?

If anybody has answers, please ping me. Operators are standing by.

Got a question about social media? TY4NS blogger Dan Tynan may have the answer (and if not, he’ll make something up). Visit his snarky, occasionally NSFW blog eSarcasm or follow him on Twitter: @tynanwrites. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-to’s, follow ITworld on Twitter and Facebook.

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