25/11/2008

Facebook spammer slapped with $873 million fine.

email, spam, facebook, Max Kelly, Facebook's Director of Security says Facebook won an important victory against spam last week.

According to him, Federal Judge Jeremy Fogel awarded Facebook $873 million in damages against a spammer who spammed Facebook users with emails offering sex-related products and messages promoting the use of cannabis. The award is reportedly the largest judgment in history for an action brought under Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act (CAN-SPAM) last week.

However, it is unlikely that Facebook will get at the $ 873 million from the spammer and his fictitious company and as Max Kelly admits, the vast sum awarded will act as a deterrent to other spammers.

Facebook is investigating other spam messages like the one offering fake Macy's gift cards that showed up last October.

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