Fake news site on Facebook uses NZ Prime Minister image to sell Bitcoin   25086
Ashmita Dutta
Oct 12, 2018 at 9:30 PM

A fake news website on Facebook has used the image of New Zealand Prime Minister for promoting Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Stuff, a local news media outlet, has mentioned that the fake news website appeared like a prominent news media, CNN, which circulated that New Zealand Treasury has invested 250 million or ''half'' of its total wealth in ''Bitcoin Revolution.''

Earlier in 2018, Prime Minister Jacinda Adern has already expressed her concern stating "we should all be concerned about the fake news." Despite such statement from the Governmental authorities, the misleading ads have continued to persist on Facebook. It is after Stuff's report went public that the Government's attention is drawn towards the serious matter.

This prompted the Prime Minister's office to contact Facebook and the social media site removed them. In such instances, ''social media platforms like Facebook need to remain vigilant about shutting down the fake news that shows up on their sites,'' commented Prime Minister's office's spokeswoman.

Such activities on social media are gaining momentum with the passing days. The spokeswoman is of the opinion that it becomes extremely difficult to constantly keep a track on such fake ads. "When we are advised of or discover examples of fake news that fraudulently use images of the Prime Minister we immediately inform Facebook who is usually pretty good at taking them down'' said the spokeswoman.

Targeted audience in the age group 30-45 years

The misleading ads were targeted at the citizens of New Zealand belonging to different age group with the captions reading "Every Kiwi age between 30 and 45 must NOT miss this." The news site also used images of Adern with Donald Trump, the U.S. President or with money. This is, however, not the first time that fake news ad has used the image of a politician for the promotion of Bitcoin.

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