Facebook files lawsuit against two individuals for selling fake Instagram followers & likes

Facebook lawsuit

On Tuesday, social media giant, Facebook announced that it has filed two lawsuit for selling fake followers on Instagram and for increasing likes on the posts. The company has filed the lawsuit against four individuals two of them are from New York while the other two of them are from Dubai.


What happened?

As per the recent blog shared by Facebook all these individuals were using the website boostgram.com and instant-fans.com in order to sell likes and followers on Instagram.


What did Facebook say?

In its recent blog, Facebook wrote: “Today, we filed separate lawsuits in federal court against four individuals providing services intended to artificially inflate likes and followers of Instagram accounts, a practice known as fake engagement. Defendants Sean Heilweil and Jarrett Lusso, from New York, provided their service using the website boostgram.com. Defendants Laila Abou Trabi and Robin Abou Trabi, based in Dubai, used the website instant-fans.com.”

The giant also informed that Boostgram was mainly used for increasing fake engagement on the Instagram account of a user. Boostgram provided a way to “increase Instagram exposure”.

While talking about instant-fans.com, Facebook said it was not only limited to Instagram but instant-fans.com was used to increase fake engagement on other apps too including Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube, and some other services.

Instagram followers & likes

Face also informed that, before filing the lawsuits against these companies it had sent cease and desist letters to inform them. The letter informed them that they were working against the Terms of Use, Policies, and Community Guidelines of the social media app Instagram.

Facebook also took various actions against the businesses which are involved in running scams online. To curb this practice, Facebook has sent cease and desist letters to 7 businesses, currently active in Asia and Europe.

At present these companies are involved in fraud practices with the users who purchased items from their sites.

At the same time, Facebook also announced that it wants to stop these malpractices of increasing fake engagement on social media accounts permanently.


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