April 10, 2021
Facebook Sues Developers, Alleging Violation of Terms against Collecting Users' Data and Selling Fake Likes

Facebook Files Lawsuits against Developers for Allegedly Collecting Users’ Data and Selling Fake Likes

Facebook has filed suit in the US and UK against developers it claims broke its rules over the collection of user data and selling Likes…

For the first time in the social company’s history, Facebook filed a lawsuit in the United Kingdom. The social network likewise filed a civil suit in the US (which it has done several times in the past over similar allegations). The actions were taken as Facebook alleges the defendants violated its terms of service by collecting user data, as well as selling bogus Likes.

In the UK, the defendants are MobiBurn, the parent company OakSmart Technologies, along with its founder Faith Haltas. Meanwhile, in the United States, Facebook and Instagram filed suit against Nikolay Holper in federal court in San Francisco for running a fraudulent engagement service.

Facebook Sues Developers, Alleging Violation of Terms against Collecting Users’ Data and Selling Fake Likes

Neither of these steps are new to Facebook. The company, and its subsidiaries, including Instagram, have taken similar action before. Last year, the social site filed a lawsuit in the United States to shut down a follower-buying service operating out of New Zealand. Also in 2019, Instagram removed the accounts of 17 fake engagement services that promised more followers to Instagram users.

Facebook wrote in a statement that its “…actions are the latest in our efforts to protect people who use our services, hold those who abuse our platform accountable, and advance the state of the law around data misuse and privacy.”

Ashley Lipman

Ashley Lipman is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking.

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