Facebook Sues Chinese Companies For Selling Fake Accounts

As the largest social media platform in the world, Facebook is locked in a seemingly never-ending battle against fake accounts. However, the sheer number of bad actors operating on the platform guarantees that Facebook can never fully keep up with the problem. That might be why the company took such an unusually drastic step late last week, suing four Chinese companies for selling fake accounts, likes and followers.

Facebook’s lawsuit, filed in Northern California, alleges trademark infringement, breach of contract, and other related offenses. These kinds of infractions happen all the time, so these Chinese companies likely violated the law in such dramatic fashion that Facebook had no choice but to respond. According to the complaint, the companies offered fake accounts for sale, and promoted “premium” services like a Facebook account that couldn’t be suspended. They also operated knockoff URLs like “myfacebook.cc” and “facebook88.net.”   

“Inauthentic activity has no place on our platform,” Facebook wrote in a blog post announcing the lawsuit. “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’s good that Facebook is proactively protecting its users, but this is ultimately not a long-term solution. After all, if Facebook sued everyone who polluted its pages with fake accounts, it wouldn’t have time to do anything else.  




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