Facebook Sued Over Text Messages

    October 23, 2007

Online social networking site Facebook is being sued by an Indiana woman who says the site profited from its members sending unauthorized text messages to cell phone users whose numbers used to belong to other customers.

Lindsey Abrams of Patriot, Indiana, says she began receiving text messages that were meant for other Facebook members after she received a new cell number from Verizon in November 2006.

The text messages contained explicit language, according to Abram’s civil complaint. Allegedly she was charged 10 cents per message and was told she could not block the Facebook text messages without blocking messages she wanted to receive.

Abram’s lawyer wants to make the lawsuit a certified class action, and maintains that other subscribers with recycled phone numbers have been inundated with unwanted Facebook text messages containing party invitations and unwanted sexual advances.

Jay Edelson, a Chicago attorney representing Abrams, said he wants to make Facebook take action so it members would not be able to send text messages to recycled phone numbers.

Facebook would not comment on the suit saying its company policy not to discuss lawsuits.