Facebook announced last week that it had filed a lawsuit along with Instagram against four companies and three people based in the People’s Republic of China for promoting the sale of fake accounts, likes and followers.
The sales have been also promoted on other online service providers including Amazon, Apple, Google, LinkedIn and Twitter.
“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," Facebook said in a statement.
"Inauthentic activity has no place on our platform. 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."
According to the statement, the lawsuit specifically asks the U.S. federal 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)