---

blog: Don Marti

---

One place I will probably not buy a car.

02 March 2019

One place I will probably not buy a car: Franklin Sussex Auto Mall, in New Jersey.

I still have a Facebook account, I don't check Facebook often enough for it to be a good way to reach me. See the page footer here for contact info. mostly to keep up on the ad scene there. When I checked Facebook's page of ads targeting me, this company is listed under advertisers "Who use a contact list added to Facebook."

New Jersey car dealer

Somehow, Franklin Sussex Auto Mall got a hold of my email address or phone number, and uploaded it to Facebook. Have I ever shopped for a car in New Jersey? No. If I was shopping for a car, would I fly to New Jersey to buy it and then drive it home? No.

And now that I look at it, when I go through the advertisers that Facebook lists as having uploaded my info, most of them are car dealers I have never visited or contacted. Someone has a pretty good racket going here. How much are they making from the car dealers? (Yes, this is a bad thing, because car dealers could be spending that money to build positive reputation by funding local news, or other ad-supported resources with positive externalities, but we knew that already.)

Maybe when they write the history of the big social site era, it won't be about some all-seeing panopticon, but more about a bunch of people in a highly paid California bubble, mostly young guys who have been told they're smart their whole lives, getting out-hustled at a direct marketing business they don't really care about.

Let’s Talk About Fraud In Digital Advertising

Confessions of a location data exec: ‘It’s a Ponzi scheme’

Consent Fraud: A Simmering Problem That Could Scald The Ecosystem

You’re being used to steal $50 billion in digital advertising

The New York Times’ Mark Thompson on how he’d run a local newspaper: “Where can we stand and fight?”

The secret lives of Facebook moderators in America

AT&T pulls ads from YouTube over predatory comments on children

Even the IAB warned adtech risks EU privacy rules

Intelligent Tracking Prevention 2.1

Epic Games pulls Fortnite pre-roll ads on YouTube following child predator controversy

YouTube still can’t stop child predators in its comments

Meet DrainerBot, the Ad-Fraud Operation That Could Be Stealing Your Mobile Data

Why The Birth Of Surveillance Capitalism Signals The End Of Behavioral Targeting

Pinterest blocks vaccine-related searches in bid to fight anti-vaxx propaganda

Want to reduce political polarization? Save your local newspaper