Facebook sues alleged clickjacking spammer sparking row
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 28/01/2012 16:34
Facebook is suing a marketing firm, accusing it of "spreading spam through misleading and deceptive tactics".
Adscend Media is alleged to have carried out "clickjacking".
The practice involves placing posts on the social network which include code that causes the links to appear on the users' homepages as a "liked" item without their permission. The links are designed to take users to other sites.
Adscend Media said it "vehemently denied" the "false claims".
Facebook sues 'clickjacking' firm
Facebook and the US state of Washington are suing a company they accuse of "clickjacking", alleging it has reaped $1.2m a month by using bogus pages on the social network to whisk people away to other sites.
The plaintiffs charge that Delaware-based firm Adscend Media profits from the scam by collecting money from its advertising clients for every Facebook user unwittingly misdirected to a target ad or subscription service.