10 Most Horrific Marketing Stories Of 2020

Episode 329 - October 30, 2020


  1. Uninsured SXSW
  2. Randomly Recording Smart Speakers
  3. Creepy COVID Masks
  4. Vanishing Keyword Data
  5. Facebook's Couples App
  6. Facebook's Stalking Data
  7. Ayn Rand's Hand Out
  8. Apple Hijacks Search Traffic
  9. Pubic Hair Branding
  10. We Are Not Okay



Yes, Smart Speakers Are Spying on You

Smart speakers record you more often than you think, according to a new study.



Creepy Medical Masks

A producer in Gandhinagar, India, has created a system that allows you to print the bottom half of your own face on to a mask – so when you wear it, it still looks like you.


Google's Vanishing Keywords

Google has begun alerting advertisers that it will soon stop showing search queries that triggered their ads when there is not “significant” data.


Facebook Couples App

The least private platform on the planet launched a “Private” app for couples. What could go wrong?


Stalking Facebook

Facebook launched an Off Facebook Activity Tool that will show you the ways it stalks you, even when you turn off the app on your phone. Change these privacy settings right now!

GIF: WP Off-Facebook Activity


Atlas Scammed

The Ayn Rand Institute applied for and received a PPP loan.


Apple Hijacking Search Traffic

Apple is redirecting search engine traffic away from publishers' sites to its own news app.


Public Hair Branding

Canada’s Hell’s Basement and a shop in Wellington both thought the word ‘huruhuru’ meant ‘feather’ – they were wrong.


We're Not OK

Researchers are looking at online behavior to gauge public mental health. The results aren’t pretty.

Chart: Average Happiness for Twitter

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