Facebook is taking accused spammers to court.
Facebook announced it filed three separate lawsuits against spammers this week.
The lawsuits, filed in federal court in San Jose, Calif., accuse
Steven Richter, Jason Swan and Max Bounty of violating Computer Fraud
and Abuse Act, the CAN-SPAM Act and other state and federal laws.
Facebook is seeking compensatory, statutory and punitive damages from
"According to our complaints, the defendants, among other things, represented that in order to qualify for certain fake or deceptive offers
, people had to spam their friends, sign up for automatic mobile phone subscription services or provide other information," according to Facebook
"We claim that by doing this, they violated the U.S. Computer
Fraud and Abuse Act, the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited
Pornography and Marketing Act (CAN-SPAM), and other state and federal
Facebook has taken spammers to court in the past. In 2008, the
company won a massive judgment against Adam Guerbuez and Atlantis Blue
Capital totaling $873 million. In addition, Facebook won a $711 million
judgment last year against Sanford Wallace.
"We will press on with enforcement and collection efforts against spammers and fraudsters
and we're committed to applying continuous legal pressure to send a
strong message to spammers that they're not welcome on Facebook," the
company stated. "Stay tuned as our push against spammers and scammers
escalates over the next month, year and beyond. We have other actions
pending, and there will be more to come."