Ms. Mirchandani also discovered the archive page with a mention of Stone Force Media on an affiliate portal for “Tactical Home Defense”, an e-book on protection against home intrusion.
Those details have placed Stone Force firmly in the middle of the mystery, with its connections to Raw Conservative Opinion, Conservative Party affiliates, ClickBank listings and many other political and conspiracy products. released online, including the coin itself.
Stone Force is an internet marketing company that specializes in “engaging with audiences and making money,” according to its Facebook page and online job postings. The company’s co-founders include Vlad Bolovan, who lists on his Instagram profile that he lives in Bucharest, and Brandon Kelly, who lists on his Facebook profile that he is from California and lives in Romania .
Operating in Bucharest since 2016 with eight employees, Stone Force posted $1.07 million in revenue in 2019, according to business analytics firm Dun & Bradstreet. The listing on D&B, which also shows sales for 2020, was taken offline after The Times contacted Stone Force for this article.
When asked about the coin, a spokesperson for Stone Force confirmed that the company is a supplier of the coin but declined to comment further. He then retweeted an email from late 2021 showing that Stone Force had warned affiliates against marketing crypto as a cryptocurrency. As of January, many ads on Telegram are still promoting the coin that way.
Mr. Bolovan and Mr. Kelly also declined to comment.
At an affiliate marketing conference in 2021, Mr. Bolovan said the US presidential election has prompted tech companies to crack down on unethical and misleading advertising, known as marketing ” Black hat”.
“For the Black Hats, I have bad news, because AI is only getting better at this,” he warned, adding that previously, Stone Force “didn’t care much about compliance.” because its ads are generally approved. Now, they are considering hiring a dedicated compliance person to comply with the advertising rules, he said.
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