Facebook sues four Chinese companies that sell fake accounts, likes, and followers both on Facebook itself and on Instagram. On Friday in a Blog post, the company announced that they are going to take legal action against the Chinese companies who advertised and created fake accounts over the last two years and marketed them for sale on six websites and also selling them in bulk quantity.
“Fake and inauthentic accounts can be used for spam and phishing campaigns, misinformation campaigns, marketing scams, advertising fraud, and other fraud schemes which are profitable at scale,” said Facebook in the blog post.
The lawsuit filed with the Northern District of California states that these four Chinese companies Fake names, false identities or inauthentic accounts, for the infringement of Facebook and Instagram’s trademarks and terms of service in the process. The lawsuit names are Xiu Network Science and Technology Company, Xiu Feishu Science and Technology Company, Xiufei Book Technology Co., Home Network (Fujian) Technology Co., Ltd.
Previously, Facebook has remained under intense investigation over the use of data and the impact of harmful content on its 2.7 billion monthly users, along with the government questioning the Facebook policy. With Facebook sues the Chinese companies is that the company is fighting back against commercial exploitation of its social networking platform.
Trademark infringement is not new among the biggest social networks present in the market. The company is also asking $100,000 in damages each for six websites which it lists in the complaint about the trademark infringement. At the time of writing, the domain mostly appeared online and operational this is another factor which has contributed to Facebook’s legal action case against the Chinese companies.
Some of the websites sell account for the services from Google, Twitter other American tech companies. Facebook is waiting for the court order permanently barring the Chinese companies imposed with monetary charges.