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Apple's team of experts remove counterfeit product listings from social media portals

A spokesperson for Cupertino tech, as part of a report focused on counterfeit iPhone chargers, in a statement to Bloomberg said that the safety of Apple consumers is the company's first priority and that the risks associated with knockoff accessories can be "very serious."

By:ANI
| Updated on: Mar 21 2021, 23:53 IST
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American multinational technology company Apple has a team of experts that work to remove counterfeit products on sites like Instagram, where some vendors run a multi-million dollar business by selling fake products.

According to Mashable, a spokesperson for Cupertino tech, as part of a report focused on counterfeit iPhone chargers, in a statement to Bloomberg said that the safety of Apple consumers is the company's first priority and that the risks associated with knockoff accessories can be "very serious."

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The spokesperson said, "We have a dedicated team of experts constantly working with law enforcement, merchants, social media companies, and e-commerce sites around the world to remove counterfeit products from the market."

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They added, "In the last year we have sought the removal of over 1 million listings for counterfeit and fake Apple products from online marketplaces, including Facebook and Instagram."

Mashable reported that this counterfeit accessory business is booming and has become a multimillion-dollar business, according to a soon-to-be-released report from cybersecurity and social media intelligence firm Ghost Data.

Apple has previously also taken action against entities that sold counterfeit goods. Back in 2016, the company filed a lawsuit against a vendor, accusing it of selling knockoff accessories on Amazon and Groupon. In that lawsuit, Apple had said that a huge chunk of "genuine" accessories on Amazon were fake. As per Mashable, at that time Amazon had said that it had a zero-tolerance policy for counterfeit goods.

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First Published Date: 21 Mar, 23:53 IST
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