Facebook, State File “Spammers” Suit
SOCIAL NETWORKING—U.S.January 27, 2012
Reuters reports that the world's largest social networking site and the state of Washington have filed a lawsuit over a practice known as "clickjacking" or "likejacking," where Facebook users are tricked into visiting ad sites and sharing their personal information. The scam is then spread to users' friends, the report states, and "has grossed $1.2 million a month for the Delaware-based firm, Adscend Media, according to the state attorney general's office." The lawsuit is believed to be the first of its kind, the report notes, and a Facebook attorney said, "It's important to stay a step ahead against spammers and scammers."