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Facebook linking to RMT sites

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seany1212
Drunkendis Order
#1 - 2012-09-12 22:13:25 UTC
Trying to bring this to CCPs attention but gawd knows what happened to my last thread. Anyway spying on people through facebook when this appeared down the sponsored links:

http://i.imgur.com/HxF00.jpg

Maybe CCP should have a word?
Jim Era
#2 - 2012-09-12 22:16:54 UTC
I noticed that the other day.
Also noticed one that had the title

"EVE ONLINE"
but was some cheap ass browser game.

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Pipa Porto
#3 - 2012-09-12 22:17:45 UTC
That's pretty common. Happens with Google Adsense ads as well.

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#4 - 2012-09-12 22:18:14 UTC
Meh, Facebook's stock just jumped off a cliff... now I suspect it got it's tie hooked on a thick branch and is hanging itself

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seany1212
Drunkendis Order
#5 - 2012-09-12 22:20:08 UTC
Pipa Porto wrote:
That's pretty common. Happens with Google Adsense ads as well.


I get that with google because it's a search engine and it's relating to things you may like but if i'm going to get linked to something in facebook i'd rather it be legit Ugh
Saede Riordan
Alexylva Paradox
#6 - 2012-09-12 22:20:35 UTC
CCP really can't do anything about it.

They can politely ask facebook not to link RMT sites, but those sites probably paid cash to be added to a pool that, when your preferences from pulled information dictate, makes it come up as an ad. I doubt Facebook is going to be willing to take it down, and the RMT sites themselves are in countries where what they do is perfectly legal. It sucks, but that's life.
Pipa Porto
#7 - 2012-09-12 22:22:23 UTC
seany1212 wrote:
Pipa Porto wrote:
That's pretty common. Happens with Google Adsense ads as well.


I get that with google because it's a search engine and it's relating to things you may like but if i'm going to get linked to something in facebook i'd rather it be legit Ugh


Facebook's ads work the same way Google's Adsense ads do. Simplistically, You pay money to put up an ad that's linked to certain keywords. When someone associated with those keywords opens a page, your ads get delivered to that person.

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seany1212
Drunkendis Order
#8 - 2012-09-12 22:23:14 UTC
Saede Riordan wrote:
CCP really can't do anything about it.

They can politely ask facebook not to link RMT sites, but those sites probably paid cash to be added to a pool that, when your preferences from pulled information dictate, makes it come up as an ad. I doubt Facebook is going to be willing to take it down, and the RMT sites themselves are in countries where what they do is perfectly legal. It sucks, but that's life.


True, are facebook allowed to link to sites that sell intellectual property that isn't owned by the site owners though? Are facebook not facilitating in RMT?
Saede Riordan
Alexylva Paradox
#9 - 2012-09-12 22:48:27 UTC
Unfortunately, facebook is allowed, just as google is allowed to link porn sites. To deny them this would be to violate net neutrality, which has much more serious repercussions. Its the internet, gotta take the good with the bad.
Jonah Gravenstein
Machiavellian Space Bastards
#10 - 2012-09-12 22:55:11 UTC
Welcome to targeted advertising, facebook as a company have a lot of information on each and every person that has an account, the whole purpose of the site is to monetise that information and if you read the T&Cs they say as much. It's always a wise idea to lock your account down anyway, google trawls facebook all the time and makes it really easy to find stuff out about pretty much anyone who's left their facebook account with default settings.

Adblock works for some of them but the best solution I've found is the SocialFixer browser extension

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#11 - 2012-09-13 02:05:25 UTC
I love that Shirley isn't kicked/banned from this group no matter how many times people report her....

https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/2204991014/

Mars Theran
Foreign Interloper
#12 - 2012-09-13 02:21:47 UTC
I know it's weird, but for some reason they've set up ad links as browser and client based in some areas. Not sure about facebook, but it basically depends on who they use to pitch ads and how that's done.

I never read enough to know the specifics, but presumably Google has something to do with it as that was what was indicated in what I did read. What it does do is circumvent the website administration by providing the ads based on the viewer and not the website administrations un-blacklisted ads.

Unfortunately, I don't think there is any way for the browser to prevent these ads from appearing now aside from an adblocker, and I checked Google Adsense to see if it could be done that way but found nothing to indicate I could do more than blacklist ads from my own nonexistent pages.

Obviously Adsense is intended for those using it to create revenue, but I don't know if Google circumvent there own product or someone else does. I do know, (iirc), that what I read indicated Google is somehow responsible for the ads we see in our browser based on our use of the internet. This is why we see targeted ads even when we are visiting sites where they would be unlikely to be,more so than other ads.

I get a lot of EVE ads, and I might be seeing some SWtOR ads soon. I do know that I started seeing RMT ads back around the time I heard about this on EVE related and compliant sites. I contacted the Admins in all cases and was told they had been removed or shouldn't be there due to Blacklisting, but found they still showed up, and then I ran into that little article.

It wasn't very clear obviously, but that was what I gathered based on what I'd read.
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#13 - 2012-09-13 05:56:54 UTC
adblock plus ftw....

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Aliastra
Gallente Federation
#14 - 2012-09-13 07:20:22 UTC
No facebook at all FTW.
Neddy Fox
Sniggerdly
Pandemic Legion
#15 - 2012-09-13 10:25:48 UTC
Dotlan has Google ads to botting sites, it's just the same.

No stopping them AFAIK.
Wollari
Dirt Nap Squad
#16 - 2012-09-13 11:25:17 UTC
Neddy Fox wrote:
Dotlan has Google ads to botting sites, it's just the same.

There's not much you can do about it. You can follow the Fansite Adsense Guide on Evelopedia, but Botters and RMT People just will use new domains and try to get their services spreaded.

You can only block stuff you're aware of.... but then it's already too late in most cases.

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#17 - 2012-09-14 02:49:26 UTC
I'm just here to laugh at failbook users, that's all.
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