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Facebook is suing two companies for false “likes” on Instagram and data collection

September 1, 2020

A developer, Nikolay Holper from Nakrutka, reportedly used a botnet and automation software to spread fake likes, comments and views while MobiBurn in the UK is accused of breaching an audit.

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Facebook is suing two companies for false “likes” on Instagram and data collectionFacebook is suing two companies for false “likes” on Instagram and data collection

This story originally appeared on PCMag

Following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook checked and suspended tens of thousands of apps on its platform. Now the company is taking legal action against two separate developers for violating an audit and selling services that are bloating Instagram’s user participation statistics.

In the US, Facebook sued Nikolay Holper, the inventor of a service called Nakrutka, for using a botnet and automation software to spread fake likes, comments, views and followers on Instagram. [y vender] fake interaction services, “says Facebook. The company previously warned Holper that it was violating its terms of use.

In the UK, Facebook Ireland sued MobiBurn, OakSmart Technologies and its founder Fatih Haltas. MobiBurn paid application developers to install an SDK (Malicious Software Kit) in their applications.

“When users installed these apps on their devices, MobiBurn collected information from the devices and requested data from Facebook, including the person’s name, time zone, email address and gender,” says Facebook.

Security analysts alerted Facebook to the company’s actions, and Facebook asked MobiBurn to participate in an audit but was “not fully cooperative,” according to the social network.

The MobiBurn case marks the first time Facebook has sued an app developer in the UK, he says.

In a statement posted on its website, MobiBurn announced that Facebook had first received a cease and desist statement in November 2019. “Since then, MobiBurn has tried to work with Facebook to show that no Facebook user data was tied. In particular, MobiBurn has tried to explain that none of the apps … in that case integrated the Facebook login function and therefore could it technically does not collect user data from Facebook. “

Reports that MobiBurn refused to comply with a Facebook audit “are incorrect,” he says. MobiBurn has directed its legal team to “prepare a response to Facebook’s claim” [y está] obliged to settle this unnecessary dispute amicably. “

“Today’s measures are the latest in our efforts to protect the people who use our services, hold those who abuse our platform accountable, and promote the rule of law regarding data abuse and privacy,” says Facebook.

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