Facebook has teamed up with the Washington Attorney General to put real resources toward getting rid of spam on the social network â€” starting with a lawsuit.
â€œSecurity is an arms race, and thatâ€™s why Facebook is committed to constantly improving our consumer safeguards while pursuing and supporting civil and criminal consequences for bad actors,â€ Facebook general counsel Ted Ullyot said in a statement.
The two have filed lawsuits against affiliate network Adscend Media, which Facebook says is known to support â€œclickjackingâ€ schemes, and other forms of tricking users into giving up personally identifiable information or money.
Clickjacking schemes involve hiding code in a link, or under a picture in the browser that otherwise would be a normal click-through point. In Facebookâ€™s case, this exists as enticing links to see a weird video, or find out what cool thing happened on your birthday. The code in the link, however, executes a download or may redirect a user to an undesirable website. Other scams include creating a fan page that lures users into accessing a web page and inputting personal information or signing up for a scam. This kind of spam is more in line with phishing scams.
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