June 25, 2024

The prevalence of false advertisements and pseudo endorsements is progressively escalating. Astonishingly, even our government officials appear powerless to decelerate this trend.

Tánaiste Micheál Martin. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Inevitabilities of life: death, taxes, and internet fraud adverts. That is what Micheál Martin lamented over the past week, drawing attention to the fact that counterfeit articles bearing his likeness continue to pervade social media platforms, pushing cryptocurrency hoaxes.

Last December, the Tánaiste secured a High Court injunction against Google, compelling the technology colossus to disclose information about the culprits behind the fraudulent promotions circulating on its network. However, he expressed his dismay regarding the meager efforts exerted to combat this expanding dilemma.