Instagram and its parent company Facebook have both filed a lawsuit in a US federal court against one company and three individuals based in New Zealand for selling fake likes to people.
Facebook strongly believes that its lawsuit will send a strong message to perpetrators of such acts that it would no longer fold its hands while its policies are being violated. Facebook is asking the court to prevent the defendants from the following:
- Engaging and profiting in the sale of fake likes, views and followers on Instagram
- Violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and other California laws for distributing fake likes on Instagram even after their access was revoked and their accounts were suspended
In March, Facebook took legal action against four Chinese firms for promoting sale of fake likes, accounts and followers. The law suit was filed by Facebook and its sister company Instagram in the US federal court against the four companies and three other people based in China.
Facebook prayed the court to prevent the companies and individuals involved from the following:
- 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)
The European Union wants Google, Facebook and Twitter to do more in terms of curbing disinformation. This came on the heels of a report published by the EU where it asked for more information to monitor the progress made especially “on the scrutiny of ad placement, transparency of political advertising, closure of fake accounts and marking systems for automated bots.”