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Facebook Files Lawsuits Over Spam

11:59 am on Oct 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Facebook Files Lawsuits Over Spam [facebook.com]
This week, in a U.S. federal court in San Jose, California, we filed three lawsuits alleging violations of our terms and applicable law by defendants attempting to trick people on Facebook into signing up for mobile subscriptions and sending spam to their friends.

In three separate complaints, we allege that Steven Richter, Jason Swan, and Max Bounty, Inc. used Facebook to offer enticing, but non-existent products and services. According to our complaints, the defendants, among other things, represented that in order to qualify for certain fake or deceptive offers, people had to spam their friends, sign up for automatic mobile phone subscription services, or provide other information. We claim that by doing this, they violated the U.S. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited #*$!ography and Marketing Act (CAN-SPAM), and other state and federal laws.

This isnít the first time weíve taken spammers to court. In fact, Facebook holds the record for the two largest judgments in the history of the CAN-SPAM Act - an $873 million judgment against Adam Guerbuez and Atlantis Blue Capital and a $711 million judgment against Sanford Wallace. In another important victory, a court in Montreal, Canada, where Guerbuez is based, recently ruled that the U.S. courtís judgment against him could be enforced in Canada. Our efforts are even mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records.

2:45 pm on Oct 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Go get-em Facebook! Woo-Hoo!
12:54 am on Oct 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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they finally found a decent revenue stream!
1:54 am on Oct 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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People get harassed, facebook file complain, facebook get money, does ever the harassed person gets a share?
2:01 am on Oct 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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The great thing about FB is that these spammers have to sign up and be traceable within FB in order to spam their wares. It's easy for FB to track them down.

If FB becomes the place where people communicate, and they can offer a spam-free environment to do so, that could be one of FB's greatest achievements. The walled-garden model is really going to take off with this sort of press.
4:22 pm on Oct 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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The spammers buy accounts that are made offshore, use proxies, so it's not so easy for FB to trace them. I'm guessing they found them via their affiliate links or maybe they used their own domains, who knows.

Will be interesting to see how this plays out, as Maxbounty are based in Canada.

Good timing for FB, especially with all the privacy issues they are having and the misusage of peoples data etc.