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Facebook sues developers over 'malware' apps

Facebook sues developers over 'malware' apps”

This lawsuit is the latest example of Facebook aggressively pursuing shady app developers who break its rules in the wake of Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook already banned both these companies from accessing their Audience Program and sued them legally. Developers are able to pick up when other apps are downloaded and fake clicks are triggered before the installation is complete. Ltd., 3:19-cv-04556, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco). The lawsuit doesn't say how much money these developers made from their alleged scheme.

Facebook alleges the malicious code was installed onto people's mobile phones through the apps.

Facebook is seeking unspecified damages and restitution.

Jessica Romero, Facebook's Director of Platform Enforcement and Litigation announced the news concerning the lawsuit on the platform's newsroom on August 6. The companies also violated a federal and state law against fraud, according to the lawsuit.

Facebook has filed a lawsuit against two app developers to for a click injection scam, that infected smartphones with malware. Facebook said the two companies created apps with malware-like features and made them available via the official Google Play Store [LionMobi profile; JediMobi profile].

"The malware was. created to make the fake clicks appear to be those of a real user by falsifying user movements on the device and timing the fake clicks so that they occurred after a user would have the opportunity to view the ad", Facebook writes in its complaint.

Facebook Inc. recently took legal action against JediMobi Tech Ltd. of Singapore and LionMobi Holding Ltd. of Hong Kong.

Facebook says it discovered the phony ad clicks in December and disabled the apps and banned the developers from the network. The ads were part of Facebook's Audience Network. "LionMobi also advertised its malicious apps on Facebook, in violation of our Advertising Policies", the blog post said.

The Facebook is now suing the two application makers in outcome in what Jessica Romero, Director of Platform Enforcement and Litigation, referred to as "the first of its sort against this practice". All impacted advertisers were refunded by Facebook in March.



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