June 22, 2022
Facebook Sues Domain Registrar Over Domain Name Fraud

Facebook Files a Lawsuit against a Domain Registrar over Alleged Domain Name Fraud

Facebook files a lawsuit in Arizona against a domain registrar company, along with its proxy service, over domain name fraud…

The world wide web can be an unruly, unlawful space. Intellectual property rights are routinely violated, with sites using images, text, video, and more without the permission of their legal owners. Even though Facebook is among the largest platforms on the internet, it isn’t immune from such nefarious behavior.

Facebook Sues Domain Registrar Over Domain Name Fraud

Facebook announced this week, it has filed a lawsuit in an Arizona court against Namecheap, along with its proxy, Whoisguard, for allegedly issuing domains that the social giant considers domain name fraud:

“We found that Namecheap’s proxy service, Whoisguard, registered or used 45 domain names that impersonated Facebook and our services, such as instagrambusinesshelp.com, facebo0k-login.com and whatsappdownload.site. We sent notices to Whoisguard between October 2018 and February 2020, and despite their obligation to provide information about these infringing domain names, they declined to cooperate.” 

Facebook states that it’s taken legal action in order to protect people from falling prey to phishing and scams. The company notes these types of registrations are usually intended to deceive consumers into trusting sites.

This isn’t the first time Facebook has sued for this kind of practice. Back in October last year, the company sued OnlineNC, a domain registrar and its proxy service for very similar reasons.

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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