Facebook lawsuit against Basant Gajjar in California Court
Facebook Lawsuit against Basant Gajjar in federal court in California for abusing platforms and scamming people.
Facebook is known for transparency and protecting users from bad actors, in past Head of Cyber Security Policy Nathaniel Gleicher and Guy Rosen Vice President of Integrity has conducted many successful cyber operations and in that, they have removed thousands of bad actors who were targeting good people, companies and using Facebook for the abusive purpose (Coordinated Inauthentic behavior).
Facebook lawsuit Detail
Today Jessica Romero Director of Platform Enforcement and Litigation announced in a blog post that we have filed a lawsuit in federal court in California against Basant Gajjar. Basant Gajjar is a founder of “Lead Cloak”.
Gajjar violated Facebook Terms and Policies by providing cloaking software and services designed to circumvent automated ad review systems and ultimately run deceptive ads on Facebook and Instagram says Jessica Romero in a blog post.
Jessica Romero added that we have taken technical enforcement measures against Lead Cloak and accounts that we’ve determined have used their software, including disabling personal and ad accounts on Facebook and Instagram. This suit will also further our efforts to identify Lead Cloaks customers and take additional enforcement actions against them.
Read more about the Facebook lawsuit on an official blog post. https://about.fb.com/news/2020/04/addressing-deceptive-ad-practices/
What is cloaking?
Cloaking is a search engine optimization (SEO) technique in which the content presented to the search engine spider is different from that presented to the user’s browser. This is done by delivering content based on the IP addresses or the User-Agent HTTP header of the user requesting the page. When a user is identified as a search engine spider, a server-side script delivers a different version of the web page, one that contains content not present on the visible page, or that is present but not searchable.
More Update on Facebook lawsuit
In the pandemic situation, many bad actors take advantage of the situation and Lead Cloak was abusing the platform and scamming people in this hard time such as this mentioned below.
Leadcloak’s software was used to conceal websites featuring scams related to COVID-19, cryptocurrency, pharmaceuticals, diet pills, and fake news pages. Some of these cloaked websites also included images of celebrities.
Coordinated Accounts behavior 2020 Facebook Report
In March 2020, over 350 Facebook and Instagram accounts were blocked including 160 Pages and 1 Group for violating Facebook policies.
In February 2020, with over 1727 Facebook and Instagram accounts were removed including 248 Pages and 49 Groups the total ad spending was $1.2 million. The accounts were operating from India, Russia, Egypt, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Iran.
Read more about the company taking action against those who are abusing the platform.