Washington: Facebook has welcomed a US court ruling against a Canadian spammer ordered to pay $873 million in damages for sending unwanted messages to users of the popular social network.
Max Kelly, Facebook’s director of security, called the US District Court ruling in San Jose, California, an “important victory for our users - and against spam and those who create it.”
Judge Jeremy Fogel on Friday ordered Adam Guerbuez and his company Atlantis Blue Capital to pay $436.2 million in statutory damages and another $436.2 million in aggravated statutory damages for violations of the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act (CAN-SPAM).
“Does Facebook expect to quickly collect $873 million and share the proceeds in some way with our users?” asked Kelley in a posting on the Facebook blog. “Alas, no. It’s unlikely that Guerbuez and Atlantis Blue Capital could ever honour the judgement rendered against them.”
“But we are confident that this award represents a powerful deterrent to anyone and everyone who would seek to abuse Facebook and its users,” he added.
Facebook began legal action against Guerbuez in August, claiming that he had managed to obtain the passwords of Facebook users and was bombarding them with millions of messages about sexual products and drugs.