Dear Mr Zuckerberg,
During the past month my Facebook news feed has been repeatedly spammed with images of horrific, (and no doubt further CGI altered) sufferers of anorexia to promote ‘diet’ pages. These adverts are always accompanied by a short bi line or photograph citing Dr Oz and some scant details of a new ‘diet’ implying his endorsement. I sincerely hope that if he saw these pictures he would not only un-endorse his image being used, but also sue. Sue the fat corporate arses off any despicable person involved in making money off this sort of advertising. I note with some despair the automated reply to my request to not place any more advertisements from “It’s in your hands” or “Miracle Diets” in my news feed and the acknowledgement of registering my disgust -
“Thanks for your feedback! Your response will help us show you better ads”.
Unfortunately I don’t think it will help you to show me better ads, and I’m more worried about all the pre-teen girls that will be exposed to these existing ads as these images are accompanying several different pages that you presumably have already deemed viewable. After hiding these two pages another one by a different name has popped up already. I can just about put up with automated adverts that are commercially targeted at my age group, I skim past the majority of them, and some advertised pages actually are of interest to me, but visually these are a step too far, one that even the worst of the worst gossip magazines would be compelled to censor before they hit the general public’s gaze. Can I suggest Mark, (can I call you Mark, for you seem to know so much about me already), that you spend less time trying to attract 5 billion new ‘friends’ and take better care of the ones you already have? That you focus a more attentive eye on what appears daily, hourly, minute by minute, on users screens the world over. Innocent photographs of breast feeding mothers are shut down pretty promptly, yet your response to this further example of vile advertising campaigns on your phenomenally popular social media platform is disappointingly mediocre.
If anything ever warranted a dislike button, these ads do. I don’t ‘like’ these pages, I don’t ‘like’ images of women looking like skeletons to advertise weight loss or exercise, and I really, really, don’t ‘like’ the inexplicable lack of relevant monitoring of your website.
I look forward to hearing your response, if any,