Facebook sues 3 people, 4 companies in China for pushing sale of fake likes, followers, accounts
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. Federal Court, alleges that this also happened on other online service providers including Google, Apple, Amazon, LinkedIn and Twitter.
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The social media giant also said in a statement it would enforce its rights under U.S. intellectual property law “for their illegal use of our trademarks and brand.”
“By filing the lawsuit, we hope to reinforce that this kind of fraudulent activity is not tolerated — and that we’ll act forcefully to protect the integrity of our platform,” Facebook said.
The lawsuit has asked the court to prevent these people and companies from three particular activities on Instagram and Facebook:
- “Cyber squatting” — the practice of using domain names with Facebook branding to operate their websites
- Creating fake accounts, followers and likes on both websites
- Infringing on Facebook trademark
Facebook concluded its statement by saying “inauthentic activity has no place on our platform.”
“That’s why we devote significant resources to detecting and stopping this behaviour, including disabling millions of fake accounts every day. Today’s lawsuit is one more step in our ongoing efforts to protect people on Facebook and Instagram.”
Facebook’s lawsuit came after years of efforts to root out fake news — actions that have included an “election integrity initiative” to help promote authentic dialogue and engagement before Canadians go to the polls in 2019.
The lawsuit also came eight months after the U.K. government office would fine the social platform 500,000 pounds (C$871,325) for failing to protect the data of millions of people after data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica accessed it without users knowing.
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