Facebook Inc said on Friday it filed a lawsuit along with Instagram in a US federal court against four companies and three people based in the People’s Republic of China for promoting the sale of fake accounts, likes and followers.
In a blog post, the company said that the defendants and companies here promoted sales on both Facebook and Instagram, as well as other online service providers such as Amazon, Apple, Google, LinkedIn and Twitter.
In more news, Facebook was forced to end all its market research programs and remove its Onavo VPN app from the Play Store following an investigation by TechCrunch found that the app was being used to collect data from teens. After the report was published, Apple reacted immediately by exiting the application from its App Store.
In response to a letter from US Senator Mark Warner, US Vice President of Public Policy, Kevin Martin admitted: “By the time we finished the Facebook research app on Apple’s iOS platform, less than 5 percent of the people who shared data with us through this program were teenagers. “
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