https://www.duolingo.com/Melissa.watts

Beware fake ads!

An ad for "Bitcoin loophole" appeared in my French lesson on duo app. Purported to be from ABC. THIS IS A FAKE! DUOLINGO SHOULD REMOVE THIS AD

May 6, 2019

51 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/merkavar

don't click on ads, who does that? even the ads on google I don't click.

don't trust an ad.

if the ad interests you, google it and find the legit page.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AdelineKri2

good advice, but duolingo should be aware of the ads they're putting on their page/pages. i do acknowledge the multitude of scams and viruses on the internet, and your recommendation is the best option.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

if the ad interests you, google it and find the legit page.

Yet you continue to use Google to give it the very information that the ads are paying for. Other search engines are available.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Haikuu187

That streak though..

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/le_tasty_pickles

nice streak 1363 thats like 4 years

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Mooka.Latte

i love looking at other people's languages and streaks and looking at mine ;v;

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Nathan734508

yeah. i think my streak is amazing and then i see 1000+ streaks and my mind is blown.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/merkavar

use what ever search engine you please. I am not the BBC, I don't have to say "other products are available" when ever I mention a brand :D

Also can you elaborate on "give it (google) the very information that the ads are paying for"? cause if I click on an ad for some loop hole scam bitcoin fraud and give them my credit card details or what ever, how does that give the information to google that the ads are paying for?

you mean the ads are paying me for my information? the ads are paying duolingo? google is paying duolingo? I am a little confused by your wording.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

If you use Google to search for the products you want, you supply Google with ever-increasing data on your commercial proclivities which its selling-point amongst advertisers, fraudulent or not. You are feeding the very system you were complaining about: clicking an ad gives Google money; searching for the content of an ad gives Google the valuable information that enables it to run its ad business in the first place.

I was merely suggesting a few search engines that won't steal your information in this way; my apologies if you have misinterpreted this.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/merkavar

I ain't got an issue with google making money here, I thought I was pretty clear about not clicking an because they are untrustworthy and take you to weird places.

ads in my experience are scams or just suspicious sites. like buying a blueray from a market stall, buyer beware. Why risk clicking an ad when it takes 2 seconds to google (or to use your desired search engine) and make sure you are on the real website.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

When you said don't click on ads, who does that? , I thought to myself I certainly don't, mainly because I don't want Google harvesting my browsing data and keeping it in perpetuity, and I am certainly not unique in being concerned about this.
However, if you are happy for Google to collect your data in this way then that is your prerogative and we have our wires crossed. No harm done.

What you say about untrustworthy ads is also very true, although it is a secondary concern in my book, as having decent security will generally stop a shady website from doing any harm to your computer. However, it is the information you give Google in the first place that allows untrustworthy advertisers to target you, as Google's system for filtering out such ads is very unsatisfactory (and Google is obviously not very motivated to change something that makes it even more money if it can help it).

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Soulfur

beg for your hair in Japanese

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/le_tasty_pickles

私の髪ではなくてください

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Shh...

garpike Has 'Google It' s meaning changed? He meant 'Look it up.'

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TAS620375

It is best just to use an ad blocker for DuoLingo

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Scripit

But the ads help Duolingo to stay free.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TAS620375

Dude, if you have to watch ads to use the app, you are paying for it. Think about it.

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/merkavar

Depends what you define as free.

Is free related specifically to money or to time and effort?

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SoroushSab2

You don't have to act like you misunderstood what he said. When he said free, he clearly meant in terms of money. But if you want to be technical about things, yes, it's technically not free since you have to see ads to use the service.

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/IanPlatino

Did it give you the exchange rate? I was thinking of exchanging some of my lingots in to Bitcoin.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/george.vlachos

haha, what a dream that would be :)

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SuperLearner007

A hobbes PFP and learning German. What a nice person... :)

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

Ian...It's fraud. Why bother!? (Follow-up message explains ...;-)

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/IanPlatino

Linda. Lingots to bitcoin?

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

Ian. Ha ha! ...I was ssoooo angry about the bitcoin thing, I misread you. My sincere humbles! Hmm, now that is a great idea. We could promise them a whole new currency that would make them lingotaires, they'd eventually realise and hooray, a great big gotcha. A lingot to start you off....

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/IanPlatino

I have just spent 2 hours trying to get my head round the Spanish 'Subjunctive' and needed a 'light' moment. Yep, agree with you....Buyer Beware Bitcoin!!

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

Ian. I feel your pain. The italian subjunctive is also quite an adventure. Ciao ...

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

Lingots to Dogecoin would have been a little more believable...

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

Anything containing either of the words 'bitcoin' or 'loophole' is highly unlikely to be something worth spending money on. If I found a 'bitcoin loophole' that somehow miraculously gave me money for nothing I'd hardly pay money to publicise it on the internet.
Anyone trying to sell you information on how to get rich is clearly not rich himself, else he'd have no need to try to do so, and thus his information is worthless. This is Common Sense 101, which I am sure all Duolingoers would pass; the fraudster is wasting his money.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/MustaphaMondeo

actually my uncle lost nearly a million pounds because his dementia first evidenced itself as a misunderstanding of risk. His pension and lifetime savings. Common sense is time limited sometimes. Fraud is serious.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

I am sorry to hear about your uncle, but it is not possible to make everything dementia-proof, by the very nature of the condition.

A misunderstanding of risk could also manifest itself as stepping out in front of traffic when crossing the road, but we do not redesign the road system in order to cater for people whose faculties might be invisibly deteriorating. There are a million and one other ways in which a dementia-sufferer could come to harm in the modern world; that is not a reason to try to remove every possibly, but one to give proper care to dementia-sufferers.
Dementia is a horrible disease, but the existence of this horrible disease should not normalise people who are not entirely themselves: it should be a reason for trying to cure/prevent the disease.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

Garpike, amazingly people still get caught up in it. Fraud sites are excellent for keeping up with the latest con. Evidently I've been in a huge car crash, number plate quoted, anonymous on-line chap offered to help. Oh pur-lease!! No thanks. Bye for now ...

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

Yes, the Bitcoin con has caused unbelievable pain to many. One of the main criminals has been jailed but undoubtedly there are more. A lingot for this excellent warning! I think you should send an official Report a Bug complaint form to Duo.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Ne71A1

Wow well spotted, I never realized that. Duolingo should remove this..

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

I never ever use ads to link to the product. If the product is something I need, I'll go direct to their site.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Deckoles

use ad block if it gets bad

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/NarimanTheKazakh

Websites most often have no control over ads.

A quick example is the anti-gay ads that plagued LGBT YouTuber's channels during Pride Month last year.

The easiest solution? Don't click an ad.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/GlennGoeting

That could also be explained by anti-gay organizations paying youtube/google (the main ad platform on the internet) to run them more often. Websites have control, but they care more about staying in business.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/hunter766412

dont click on ads anyways, if you do not want your data harvested

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/shadowfeign

Data is harvested without the need to click.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/RobertEddy

It's well worth paying the monthly charge/contribution to be free of the noxious advertisements! Money well spent, I call it.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JamieBrint1

The ads are all suspicious or pointless. For some reason, I only see ads for jobs in children playgroups, IQ tests and ads aimed at older Duolingo users. I don’t know why these are recommended, they don’t apply to me at all. The app ones are worse, and occasionally rather inappropriate, which disgusts me. However, they seem to have removed those now.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/shadowfeign

I've found that the websites that beg you the most to turn off your adblocker, are the ones that need it the most. If you are begging people to watch your ads, then you have a moral obligation to actually make sure they are clean and virus free.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Arkadios200

Either you're new to the Internet or you're naive, but clicking on every ad you see is a surefire way to turn any laptop from a very nice new model to a steaming pile of crap.

Don't click on any ads, dummy.

Also, Duolingo doesn't get to decide what ads it displays.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/candyclouds_

duo is insane

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Rebecca917247

I AGREE WITH YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/mathusa_00

don't trust the add kiddo

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/mathusa_00

1416119111722131113719202417172014121514191887147171710112566111362

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Richardvml

How u get the red gushers I mean Lingots

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Rebecca917247

..... I don't know.

May 8, 2019
Learn a language in just 5 minutes a day. For free.