Facebook and Instagram have filed a lawsuit against four companies and three individuals in the US federal court.
These entities and people based in the People’s Republic of China were involved in the sale of fake accounts, likes and followers.
The illegal activity was going on under the disguise of electronics and hardware manufacturers as well as software and digital advertising services.
The illegal sale scheme was available on both Facebook and Instagram and several other social networking platforms Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, Apple, and Amazon.
Facebook said that by filing the lawsuit, it’s hoping to “reinforce that this kind of fraudulent activity is not tolerated.”
“Inauthentic activity has no place on our platform,” the company said.
The lawsuit on behalf of Facebook and Instagram asks the court to specifically stop these individuals and companies from:
- Creating and promoting the sale of fake accounts, likes, and followers.
- Infringing on Facebook trademarks on their websites.
- Using Facebook-branded domain (cybersquatting) to operate their websites.
The social networking company has been trying for years to crack down on fake accounts explained how such activities can be used for spam, phishing, and other nefarious schemes.
To address the issue, Facebook said, it invested in significant artificial intelligence powered tools to detect and block these activities alongside terminating millions of fake accounts every single day.
By filing this lawsuit, the company said it is moving a step ahead to protect people on Facebook and Instagram.
“We’ll act forcefully to protect the integrity of our platform.”