Facebook, Instagram take legal action against China-based companies over sales of phony accounts

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Facebook and Instagram are taking legal action against 4 business and 3 individuals in China for producing and promoting the sale of phony accounts, likes and fans on the social media networks.

The suit, submitted in United States federal court, declares that the business and individuals breached United States copyright law by unlawfully utilizing Facebook’s and Instagram’s hallmarks and brand names, Facebook stated. 

“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,” Paul Grewal, Facebook’s vice president and deputy basic counsel of lawsuits, stated in an article Friday. 

Facebook didn’t call the business or individuals it’s taking legal action against however stated they likewise promoted phony accounts on Apple, Amazon, Google, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Since the 2016 United States governmental election, social networks business have actually been under installing pressure to do more to fight false information on their platforms. 

Facebook didn’t right away react to an ask for remark.