October 22, 2021
fake Facebook account crack down

Facebook Sues Companies and Individuals for Selling Fake Profiles, Likes, and Followers

A heavy fake Facebook account crack down is underway as the social corporation files lawsuits against companies and individuals alike…

Facebook has taken legal action against four companies and three individuals based in China, by filing a lawsuit in U.S. Federal Court. The social network is suing for selling fake accounts, likes, and followers.

Fake Facebook Account Crack Down Targets Bogus Profiles, Likes, and Followers

Facebook alleges in its complaint the defendants scheme also involved other sites, including subsidiary Instagram, Amazon, LinkedIn, Twitter, along with Google and Apple.

The alleged defendants are hardware and electronics manufacturers, which also provide software and online advertising.

Facebook wrote in its complaint it’s used AI to shut down 2.1 billion fake accounts from January to September of 2018. However, more were created in droves across the social network.

Here’s the relevant portion of the announcement, quoted directly:

“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 lawsuit specifically asks the court to prevent these people and entities from:

    • Creating and promoting the sale of fake accounts, likes, and followers on Facebook and Instagram
    • Infringing on our trademarks on their websites
    • Using Facebook branded domain names to operate their websites (i.e. cyber squatting)”

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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