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Facebook Awarded $711 Million In Spam Case

Sanford Wallace "faces possible jail time," too

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Spammers may want to steer clear of Facebook in the future.  Late yesterday, a representative of the social network’s legal team announced that it was awarded $711 million in damages as a result of a case against Sanford "Spamford" Wallace.

As Sam O’Rourke explained on the Facebook Blog, Wallace is "one of the spammers who accessed people’s accounts without their permission and sent phony Wall posts and messages."  And he’s harassed folks in other ways over the years to the point that a 725-word Wikipedia article is tied to his name.

Now, a sort of downside of this development is that Wallace probably doesn’t have $711 million to give Facebook.  He may try to get away without paying anything, in fact.

Still, O’Rourke wrote, "[W]e hope that this will act as a continued deterrent against these criminals.  Most notably, the judge referred Wallace to the U.S. Attorney’s Office with a request that Wallace be prosecuted for criminal contempt, which means that in addition to the judgment, he now faces possible jail time.  This is another important victory in our fight against spam.  We will continue to pursue damages against other spammers."

So if you’re spammed on Facebook – and it’s looking less likely that you will be – take comfort in the fact that the person responsible may get in quite a lot of trouble.

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  • http://www.packingserviceinc.com Kim Claudio

    This is a shame that spammers do this it is not cool when they spam it hold ups loading your sites and other important things you have to do when you are on these sites.

  • http://increasetargetedtraffictoyourwebsite.that-is-simple.com/IncreaseTargetedTraffictoYourWebsite/ Yevgeniy

    Kill this SPAM and SPAMERS :-) B******s

  • http://newman.net.nz Philip

    That will take a good thing and take advantage of it just to screw it up for the countless others who use the service.

  • http://www.kennychronicles.com Garrett Williams

    Even if he gets out of paying(perish the thought), it still cost him a lot on legal fees. I seriously hope to see more punishments like this for spammers. I’m surprised spamming is even profitable enough that people are still doing it!

  • http://www.firetext.tv text to screen

    I’m glad justice is being served, hopefully this is the beginning of just my real friends sending me un necessary messages.

  • Guest

    I hope he and his associates get at least 20 years in prison.

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