Monday, May 27

Facebook Filed a lawsuit against a New Zealand company for selling fake likes

Facebook filed a lawsuit against a New Zealand company from selling fake “likes,” views and followers to Instagram users in US federal court.

Facebook requests US fedral court to bar them for further operations.

The company and three people targeted in the lawsuit operated a service to raise the profile of Instagram accounts by bolstering them with bogus followers, views and “likes,” Facebook director of platform enforcement and litigation Jessica Romero said.

“By filing the lawsuit, we are sending a message that this kind of fraudulent activity is not tolerated on our services, and we will act to protect the integrity of our platform,” Romero said.

Romero did not identify the company or the individuals names in the legal complaint, which accused them of using fake businesses and websites to sell “engagement services” to Instagram users looking to buy status.

Such activity violates terms of service at Facebook-owned Instagram.

“We previously suspended accounts associated with the defendants and formally warned them in writing that they were in violation of our Terms of Use, however their activity persisted,” Romero said.

She described the lawsuit as part of an ongoing effort to prevent fraudulent activity at its family of services, which includes photo and video sharing social network Instagram.

Facebook and other online social platforms have been under pressure to prevent deception and misinformation.