Facebook put ads in Danish broadcaster’s ad-free app

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Facebook has apologised after it placed adverts on a publicly funded TV network’s website without permission.

People who visited the website of Danish broadcaster DR via the Facebook iOS app were served with unauthorised third-party advertisements.

A spokesman for the broadcaster said it had still not been made aware of how many users had been affected.

Facebook said the incident was caused by a coding error that had since been resolved.

News site Digiday reported that the issue first came to light last week, when a user complained about being targeted with adverts while visiting DR’s website.

DR is publicly funded via a licence fee and does not allow ads on any of its platforms.

A spokesman for Facebook said a coding error “caused some people to see interstitial ads within news content in the Facebook app”.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused,” he added.

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