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Facebook takes legal action against ad frauds

WASHINGTON, Facebook announced that it filed suit in California against two Chinese individuals and a Hong Kong based entity for violating the company’s “Terms and Advertising Policies.” The company said in a statement that this action comes as part of “ongoing efforts to keep people safe and combat abuse of our ad platform.” It added that “the defendants deceived people into installing malware available on the internet.” “This malware then enabled the defendants to compromise people’s Facebook accounts and run deceptive ads promoting items,” it noted.

Facebook indicated “the suit seeks to hold accountable ILikeAd Media International Company Ltd. and Chen Xiao Cong and Huang Tao for creating the malware, tricking people into installing it, compromising people’s Facebook accounts and then using people’s accounts to run deceptive ads.” According to the statement, “in some instances, the defendants also engaged in a practice known as cloaking,” where thought it, “the defendants deliberately disguised the true destination of the link in the ad by displaying one version of an ad’s landing page to Facebook’s systems and a different version to Facebook users.” The statement affirmed “to protect Facebook users and disrupt these types of schemes, we will continue our work to detect malicious behavior directed towards our platform and enforce against violations of our Terms and Policies.” “Creating real world consequences for those who deceive users and engage in cloaking schemes is important in maintaining the integrity of our platform,” it stressed.

Source: Kuwait News Agency