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Facebook awarded $873 million in spam case

Alex Christie

25 November 2008

After a legal proceeding that lasted four months, Judge
Jeremy Fogel awarded Facebook $873 million in damages against Adam Guerbuez and
Atlantis Blue Capital. The Canadian has been sending dodgy spam messages to
Facebook users. This is the biggest judgment in history for an action under the
CAN-SPAM
act
.

Facebook does not expect to quickly collect $873 million and
share the proceeds in some way with our users. It’s also highly unlikely that it’s
Geurbez and Atlantis Blue Capital could ever honor the judgment rendered
against them. This award is a message to everyone not to abuse Facebook and its
users.

Facebook promises to continue to invest in the spam area by
upgrading and improving their technical safeguards to avoid all spam attacks.

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