Facebook Taking Legal Action Against Companies For Fake Likes & Comments

June 24, 2020


Facebook is making legal move against software companies answerable for distributing fake likes and comments across Facebook and Instagram.

Separate claims have been documented in the United States and Europe, which marks one of the primary occasions a social media company has used coordinated, multi-jurisdictional prosecution to implement its Terms of Service.

Facebook charges these companies violated the laws of Spain and the US. Facebook is seeking injunction to reinforce a permanent ban against the companies’ use of Facebook and Instagram.

Here are more details about each lawsuit.

US Lawsuit

The claim in the United States is against an organization working an data scraping service, called Massroot8, which has connections to California.

Massroot8 scraped user information from Facebook after its users gave their login data.

This was practiced by using a computer program to control a system of bots, which were veiled as Android devices associated with the official Facebook application.

It must be noticed this was totally managed without users’ knowledge. Users of Massroot8 thought they were signing up to an app that allows them to deal with multiple Facebook accounts at the same time.

European Lawsuit

The European claim is against an organization situated in Spain, called MGP25 Cyberint Services, which worked a fake engagement service selling posts likes and comments.

Fewer details are present about this organization, but it seems to be fairly little in contrast with Massroot8.

As per an organization profile, MGP25 Cyberint Services produces under $100,000 in yearly income:

“MGP25 CYBERINT SERVICES SL. is located in MADRID, Spain and is part of the Computer & Office Equipment Wholesalers Industry. MGP25 CYBERINT SERVICES SL. has 2 total employees across all of its locations and generates $77,000 in sales (USD).”

This goes to show Facebook is eager to make lawful move against any organization violating its Terms of Service, doesn’t matter how big or small it might be.

Facebook’s Recent History of Lawsuits

Facebook has been recording an unnecessary amount of claims lately in a coordinated effort to prove it can be trusted to implement its own Terms of Service.

In an official statement about lawsuit back in April, Jessica Romero, Facebook’s director of platform enforcement and case, expressed:

“By filing the lawsuit, we are sending a message that this kind of fraudulent activity is not tolerated on our services.”

Facebook has remained consistent with its promise, recording 6 claims related to fraudulent activity so far in 2020 (counting these two).

Presently, Facebook is not kidding about saving the uprightness of its network as prosecution against bad actors.

Expect more claims like this before the year is finished.

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