Damn it, Facebook.
A few days ago, after a relentless onslaught of ads for bookmaker William Hill, I finally clicked on the corner and told you that no, I did not want to see ads like this. That they were offensive or inappropriate. That they were not relevant to me. That you could make them gone.
I didn’t want to do that, because I write about gambling a lot, and how pervasive the advertising has become. I wanted to be able to see when you, as a social media platform I use frequently, were showing me gambling ads.
And when I say onslaught, I mean onslaught. Every time I checked my timeline, the second post was a William Hill ad. Every time. Day after day. It was relentless. It was targeted. And eventually, I said enough.
But here’s the thing. I told you I didn’t want to see ads like that. I told you they were offensive, or inappropriate. I told you they were not relevant to me.
Yet today, I opened up Facebook in my browser and started scrolling down my timeline, and what do I find?
An ad for UBet.
A little further down, an ad for LuxBet.
A little further down again, an ad for the TAB.
And on the sidebar? An ad for Ladbrokes.
I’ve checked my settings; nowhere is there an advert preference for gambling or sports betting. I do not want to see them. I will not bet with them. I have told you I find ads like this inappropriate, or even offensive.
So Facebook? I don’t care how much they are paying you to serve their excrement into my timeline. Enough is enough. You’ve been told.
Make them gone.