Facebook sues over sales of fake accounts, likes and followers

'Inauthentic activity has no place on our platform', Facebook said in a blog post


Reuters March 02, 2019
'Inauthentic activity has no place on our platform', Facebook said in a blog post. PHOTO: REUTERS

Facebook Inc said on Friday that it filed a lawsuit along with Instagram in US federal court against four companies and three people based in the People’s Republic of China for promoting the sale of fake accounts, likes and followers.

In a blog post, the company said here the accused people and companies promoted the sales on both Facebook and Instagram as well as other online service providers including Amazon, Apple, Google, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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"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," the blog post stated.

"Inauthentic activity has no place on our platform. That’s why we devote significant resources to detecting and stopping this behavior, 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," it added further.

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