Facebook said that it has filed lawsuits against individuals in Europe as well as the United States for misusing its platforms to provide automated tools for collecting users’ personal data and gathering likes.
The company said the accused in the US lawsuit managed “Massroot8”, a data scraping service, which irregularly gathered data by getting users to offer their account login details.
According to Facebook, the defendants in the European lawsuit had developed a hoax engagement service which is based in Spain and it offered automation software in order to bring in fake likes and comments on Instagram.
In a blog post, the company said, “This is one of the first times a social media company is using coordinated, multi-jurisdictional litigation to enforce its Terms and protect its users.”
“Facebook Inc. and Facebook Ireland sued MGP25 Cyberint Services and its founder in the commercial court of Madrid for providing automation software to distribute fake likes and comments on Instagram. The defendant’s service was designed to evade Instagram’s restrictions against fake engagement by mimicking the official Instagram app in the way that it connected to our systems. The defendants did this for profit, and continued to do so even after we sent a Cease and Desist letter and disabled their accounts,” it added.