Martin Lewis Files Lawsuit Against Facebook For Defamation

Martin Lewis Files Lawsuit Against Facebook For Defamation

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April 24, 2018 by Bitzamp
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Martin Lewis Files Lawsuit Against Facebook For Defamation Martin Lewis, a well-known financial journalist and founder of MoneySavingExpert.com, has filed a lawsuit against Facebook through the UK High Court, accusing the technology giant of defamation. He claims that the platform published over 50 cryptocurrency ads that falsely used his face and name to promote cryptocurrency
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Martin Lewis Files Lawsuit Against Facebook For Defamation
Martin Lewis, a well-known financial journalist and founder of MoneySavingExpert.com, has filed a lawsuit against Facebook through the UK High Court, accusing the technology giant of defamation.

He claims that the platform published over 50 cryptocurrency ads that falsely used his face and name to promote cryptocurrency trading scams.

Martin Lewis is the founder of the consumer help site MoneySavingExpert.com and the Money & Mental Health Policy Institute charity, as well as presenter of ITV’s The Martin Lewis Money Show.

Today, in an individual capacity, he will issue High Court proceedings for a campaigning defamation lawsuit against Facebook and will be seeking exemplary damages. This is not being done for personal gain – he pledges any and all money paid out to him will be donated to anti-scam charities.

Lewis said: “I get about five messages a day from people saying, ‘I’ve just seen your Bitcoin ad and wanted to check it.’ If that is the number who get through to me, how many more must be just taken in?”

He said Facebook had failed to stop the ads despite his complaints and action. “It is consistent, it is repeated. Other companies like Outbrain, which have published these ads, those that are particularly close to Facebook, say that the onus is on me, so I have spent time and effort and stress repeatedly to have them taken down.

In the last year, the social networking site has published more than 50 false warnings from Martin Lewis, which are viewed regularly, probably by millions of people, in the UK. These adverts are often for scams. Many have big pictures of Martin and his name, alongside a raft of false promises or endorsements – some then link on to fake articles which continue the theme.


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