Pat Kenny warns about fake ads for erectile dysfunction medication using his photo
"Don't buy with my imagined recommendation."
According to reports, images of Pat Kenny have appeared on adverts on Google, Facebook, and prominent news websites, without his permission or prior knowledge.
Two different posts have appeared, one with Kenny apparently recommending a specific form of erectile dysfunctional medication, and another is a "news story" that features a doctored image of Kenny with a black eye being escorted from the Newstalk premises.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, Kenny stated that "I was on a news website one morning and a picture of me advertising drugs for erectile dysfunction popped up. I just thought 'This is ridiculous. There will be people who believe all of this.'
"[I had been told] Ryan [Tubridy] and Claire Byrne and obviously Miriam [O’Callaghan] very publicly have the very same problem and [I was told] that something needs to be done about this. So my solicitor has written to Facebook and Google to ask them to deal with this."
Kenny has also warned his listeners on Newstalk not to pay much heed to the adverts or news stories:
"I just thought to let everyone out there know that if you see me advertising hair colour, erectile dysfunction materials, muscle enhancers or any such thing, it's not me. It's a scam of some sort. So don't buy with my imagined recommendation."
Earlier in the week, broadcaster Louise McSharry also posted about her wedding photos being used without her permission for a Facebook page about weight loss.
This Facebook page (which has only three likes) is promoting a post which uses our wedding photo with an absolute bullshit story and links to a non-existent story on a bot site. WTAF. pic.twitter.com/dymzPwmlI7
— Louise McSharry (@louisemcsharry) February 12, 2019