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# 209070 11-Mar-2017 13:29
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Do you know anything about "Spotzplay", is it a legit free streaming site or is it a scam?


I found this write-up about it in an ad on the Herald which says that "Millions Of People Are Cancelling Their Netflix Account Because Of This One Site".


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  # 1734814 11-Mar-2017 14:23
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  # 1734871 11-Mar-2017 17:04
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freitasm:

 

Scam. Removed link.

Never trust those ads on NZ Herald - Outbrain and Taboola only link to crap.

 

 

OK thanks, but I guess this raises the issue of whether a responsible news source, such as The Herald, should look into the sites that it is prepared to advertise?

 

I suppose some people might think that an ad being sourced by The Herald has a certain legitimacy to it when compared to some other sources! After all, shouldn't the public be able to trust ads on the Herald, Stuff etc?

 

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  # 1734889 11-Mar-2017 17:14
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Rikkitic:

 

https://www.scamadviser.com/check-website/spotzplay.com

 

Definitely to be avoided.

 

 

 

 

Thanks, I just found another source which says that spotzplay "claims it will deliver all your favorite movies, music, and games across all your favorite platforms, but is similar to the fraudulent websites: www.geeker.com, lilplay.com and tzarmedia.com. Online users who have used their credit cards on the fraudulent website, run the risk of their cards being fraudulently charged for undetermined amounts, even when they have cancelled their subscriptions."

 

So I agree that spotzplay should definitely be avoided but I'm surprised that it could appear in an ad on The Herald. Some younger people might be tempted to give it a go!

 

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  # 1734891 11-Mar-2017 17:17
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frednz:

 

freitasm:

 

Scam. Removed link.

Never trust those ads on NZ Herald - Outbrain and Taboola only link to crap.

 

 

OK thanks, but I guess this raises the issue of whether a responsible news source, such as The Herald, should look into the sites that it is prepared to advertise?

 

I suppose some people might think that an ad being sourced by The Herald has a certain legitimacy to it when compared to some other sources! After all, shouldn't the public be able to trust ads on the Herald, Stuff etc?

 

Fred

 

 

They quite simply don't care that they're running clickbait ads. It delivers them revenue - that's all that matters.

 

Should you assume something is "legitimate" just because it's run on Stuff or the NZ Herald? No - no more than an ad or sponsored link on any other page or site on the internet.

 

 




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  # 1734907 11-Mar-2017 17:33
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sbiddle:

 

frednz:

 

freitasm:

 

Scam. Removed link.

Never trust those ads on NZ Herald - Outbrain and Taboola only link to crap.

 

 

OK thanks, but I guess this raises the issue of whether a responsible news source, such as The Herald, should look into the sites that it is prepared to advertise?

 

I suppose some people might think that an ad being sourced by The Herald has a certain legitimacy to it when compared to some other sources! After all, shouldn't the public be able to trust ads on the Herald, Stuff etc?

 

Fred

 

 

They quite simply don't care that they're running clickbait ads. It delivers them revenue - that's all that matters.

 

Should you assume something is "legitimate" just because it's run on Stuff or the NZ Herald? No - no more than an ad or sponsored link on any other page or site on the internet.

 

 

 

 

Well a site such as "shrewdliving" saying that "Millions Of People Are Cancelling Their Netflix Account Because Of This One Site" obviously would not be taken seriously by skeptical people! Also, a Google search on the title of the article highlights other sites that warn against giving credit card details to Spotzplay.

 

So, should you assume something is "legitimate" just because it's run on Stuff or the NZ Herald, perhaps not, but if I was the editor of one of these sites it simply wouldn't happen under my watch! If you were the editor, would you allow "clickbait ads" with links to sites like Spotzplay?

 

Fred

 

 


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I think you will find that on Geekzone "a responsible news source, such as The Herald" is almost considered an oxymoron...






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frednz:

 

Well a site such as "shrewdliving" saying that "Millions Of People Are Cancelling Their Netflix Account Because Of This One Site" obviously would not be taken seriously by skeptical people! Also, a Google search on the title of the article highlights other sites that warn against giving credit card details to Spotzplay.

 

So, should you assume something is "legitimate" just because it's run on Stuff or the NZ Herald, perhaps not, but if I was the editor of one of these sites it simply wouldn't happen under my watch! If you were the editor, would you allow "clickbait ads" with links to sites like Spotzplay?

 

 

This is the same NZ Herald that now sources large portions of it's content from the Daily Mail, the worlds foremost clickbait trash gossip website (calling it a news site really is pushing the limits). So much so I just refer to it as the Daily Mail NZ edition now.

 

 




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sbiddle:

 

frednz:

 

Well a site such as "shrewdliving" saying that "Millions Of People Are Cancelling Their Netflix Account Because Of This One Site" obviously would not be taken seriously by skeptical people! Also, a Google search on the title of the article highlights other sites that warn against giving credit card details to Spotzplay.

 

So, should you assume something is "legitimate" just because it's run on Stuff or the NZ Herald, perhaps not, but if I was the editor of one of these sites it simply wouldn't happen under my watch! If you were the editor, would you allow "clickbait ads" with links to sites like Spotzplay?

 

 

This is the same NZ Herald that now sources large portions of it's content from the Daily Mail, the worlds foremost clickbait trash gossip website (calling it a news site really is pushing the limits). So much so I just refer to it as the Daily Mail NZ edition now.

 

 

 

 

Well, NZ Herald and Stuff are fairly up-to-date sources of NZ news, so I guess it just pays to just ignore the stuff that you don't like. I guess you could even say the same about the Daily Mail!

 

I was reading an item on the Herald this morning titled: "Harvard astronomers theorise about possible alien origin of fast radio bursts" which I think is quite interesting, but sure enough, on the right hand side of the screen, under the heading of "Advertisements", there is still a title that reads: "Stop Paying for Streaming" and the "shrewdliving" site item headed: "Millions Of People Are Cancelling Their Netflix Account Because Of This Site" is prominently displayed.

 

I guess a complaint to NZ Herald about this advertisement might be in order?

 

 


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  # 1735122 12-Mar-2017 10:45
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frednz:

 

sbiddle:

 

frednz:

 

Well a site such as "shrewdliving" saying that "Millions Of People Are Cancelling Their Netflix Account Because Of This One Site" obviously would not be taken seriously by skeptical people! Also, a Google search on the title of the article highlights other sites that warn against giving credit card details to Spotzplay.

 

So, should you assume something is "legitimate" just because it's run on Stuff or the NZ Herald, perhaps not, but if I was the editor of one of these sites it simply wouldn't happen under my watch! If you were the editor, would you allow "clickbait ads" with links to sites like Spotzplay?

 

 

This is the same NZ Herald that now sources large portions of it's content from the Daily Mail, the worlds foremost clickbait trash gossip website (calling it a news site really is pushing the limits). So much so I just refer to it as the Daily Mail NZ edition now.

 

 

 

 

Well, NZ Herald and Stuff are fairly up-to-date sources of NZ news, so I guess it just pays to just ignore the stuff that you don't like. I guess you could even say the same about the Daily Mail!

 

I was reading an item on the Herald this morning titled: "Harvard astronomers theorise about possible alien origin of fast radio bursts" which I think is quite interesting, but sure enough, on the right hand side of the screen, under the heading of "Advertisements", there is still a title that reads: "Stop Paying for Streaming" and the "shrewdliving" site item headed: "Millions Of People Are Cancelling Their Netflix Account Because Of This Site" is prominently displayed.

 

I guess a complaint to NZ Herald about this advertisement might be in order?

 

 

What do you think a complaint would do? I'd honestly be surprised if you even got a response.

 

Outbrain and Taboola are the largest sources of clickbait on the Internet. Sites like the NZ Herald don't run Outbrain ads in the hope of delivering you "content from around the web that you might find interesting", they run then solely because they generate quite significant revenue.

 

You also need to remember you'll now very likely be seeing ads based on what you've clicked on previously unless you delete all cookies before each browsing session.

 

 

 

 


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Women's Weekly style gossip rags probably deliver better quality content than Stuffed and the Herald do now.

 

Refer to my thread on the dumbest Stuff & Herald headlines.


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  # 1735144 12-Mar-2017 11:17
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And then sites dare to complain because people run ad blockers. These clickbait ads not only promote scams and (sometimes) illegal services, but are also known to be a source of infections and ransomware. If people block ads, the sites that allow this kind of crap have only themselves to blame. I think they are shooting themselves in the foot because fewer and fewer people will see any of the ads and their revenue will go down. If sites depend on advertising, and object to ad blockers, then they have a responsibility to screen the ads they run.

 

 





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Funny thing is that "ad blockers" seem to focus on display ads (like the ones we run on Geekzone) leaving these "Suggested" or "Native Ads" intact... Because the same "ad blockers" companies get paid by these guys.

 

A lot of people running ad blockers would still see this crap, while leaving the more innocuous ones blocked.

 

I personally don't run ad blockers and just ignore Taboola or Outbrain "Suggested" ads. Also try not falling for phony headlines that are obviously too good to be true. In other words, approach everything with a negative view.







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sbiddle:

 

What do you think a complaint would do? I'd honestly be surprised if you even got a response.

 

Outbrain and Taboola are the largest sources of clickbait on the Internet. Sites like the NZ Herald don't run Outbrain ads in the hope of delivering you "content from around the web that you might find interesting", they run then solely because they generate quite significant revenue.

 

You also need to remember you'll now very likely be seeing ads based on what you've clicked on previously unless you delete all cookies before each browsing session.

 

 

Yes, I always use CCleaner to delete cookies before each browsing session. Now here's a recent ad from Outbrain and referenced by NZ Herald today. The ad is headed "Free Antivirus solution shocks the world".

 

The ad says that: "Thousands of PC users across New Zealand are rushing to claim a new antivirus solution that has recently gone viral. The new solution is protecting peoples computers from harmful viruses & malware, whilst saving them hundreds of Dollars in Antivirus costs." The program is called "Scanguard".

 

On this web site there are some doubts expressed about this program. I don't know anything about it, but I would be interested to hear your views.

 

I also found this article about Outbrain and Taboola to be of interest. It says that:

 

"Depending on the size of the outlet and the amount of traffic they can generate, a contract with Outbrain or Taboola—the two largest providers of such links—can mean millions of dollars in guaranteed annual income. And if your print advertising is declining 30% in a single quarter, that sounds great."

 

Fred

 

 

 

 


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