9/11 Terrorist Featured in Facebook Ad

Mohamed Atta Facebook AdSajid Farooq reports on NBC Bay Area:

As Facebook gets ready to go public, the eyes of the world will become even more focused on the Menlo Park-based social network.

That’s just partly why Friday’s report of an insurance advertisement on Facebook featuring the face of 9/11 terrorist Mohamed Atta is not the type of publicity the site wants ahead of its initial public offering.

Atta’s face reportedly appeared on the site as part of an ad selling car insurance. The ad appeared on the right hand side of some users’ profiles and it read “Important: Drivers in Texas Who Drive Less than 35 Miles a Day Read This.”

The text was alongside a Texas driver’s license with Atta’s picture on it, which was actually originally taken from his Florida’s driver’s license.

Read More: NBC Bay Area

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  • Ceausescu

    I don’t get it…
    Really.

    • rtb61

       Facebook, don’t be surprised when you face promotes products you hate and would absolutely under no circumstances support, and all for free, welcome sucker you agreed to it.

      • Liam_McGonagle

        I constantly get ads asking me to contribute to Romney or Gingrich.  Gotta wonder what weird marketing algorithim thinks its worthwhile to send that sort of drek to me.

        I guess I don’t care so much about the ads in and of themselves, because it just gives me a laugh.  But I do wonder if there are other ill-advised data gathering exercises going on with more serious implications.

  • M Cheney

    The comments on the original article are severely depressing.. 

  • DeepCough

    Well, clearly the terrorists were pissed off with their car insurance rates.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Now I’m traumatized.  I think there’s a lawsuit in there someplace.

    If we can spend trillions on humiliating, counter-productive imperal wars based on this thing, surely no one will miss a lousy couple hundred thousand dollar settlement from some fly-by-night insurance company.