24 Apr'18

Facebook taken to court by Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert


On his website Money Saving Expert, Martin Lewis reported that he will be suing Facebook.


Martin Lewis, as described by Business Insider, is a British TV star known as a ‘consumer rights expert’ broadcasting guidance on his website and on the ITV TV show.


Lewis stated that Facebook have published over 50 fake Martin Lewis adverts. These adverts are often promoting ‘get-rich-quick’ schemes. Read the blog post to see image of these fake adverts that display images of Martin with false endorsements and links to a fake articles.


Lewis stated ‘I don’t do adverts. I’ve told Facebook that.’ Adding, ‘This shouldn’t be difficult – after all, it’s a leader in face and text recognition’.


The lawyer leading this law suit stated, ‘Facebook is not above the law – it cannot hide outside the UK and think it is untouchable. Exemplary damages are being sought.’


As quoted by The Guardian, Facebook said ‘We do not allow adverts which are misleading or false on Facebook and have explained to Martin Lewis that he should have report any adverts that infringe his rights and they will be removed.’ Facebook’s statement contradicts Lewis’s experience of reporting scam adverts over the past year.


Lewis emphasises that this law suit is not for personal gain; ‘any and all money paid out to him will be donated to anti-scam charities’.