Facebook Users Sued for Fake COVID-19 Info

Colin Baseman

There are hundreds of lawsuits that become public in a matter of minutes. Facebook and other social media outlets often identify users who cloak ads for fake information. We cannot ignore the fact that crypro scam exists. During a crisis the number of scammers who apply illegal methods to manipulate people significantly increases. Currently, COVID-19 news boggles people’s minds. However, some news is absolutely fake. This month Instagram and Facebook filed suit against an individual who, according to the outlets, applied a cloaking technique that created ads for a wide variety of scams to penetrate through the ad reviews for the mentioned social outlets.

Accusations and Requests

A federal court received a civil complaint and initiated investigation. In the process, they found out that the two platforms accuse Bassant Gaijar of using LeadCloak. The software is popular among users who use it for cloaking ads.

The complaint describes Gaijar’s operating the software and accuses the user of promoting deceptive diet medicine, pills and various pharmaceuticals. The list also includes scams related to cryptocurrency investment. The user also managed to spread fake news and misinformed people about how the coronavirus impacted the world’s economy.

Facebook’s suit demands relief of an unspecified sum. The representatives also ask for a permanent injunction. All these measures would help them to keep Gaijar and his associates off of Instagram and Facebook.

Can We Consider Cloaking Illegal?

To make it more clear, cloaking is described as a means of identifying people reading a certain site. As a rule, software performs this by detecting and identifying the reader’s geolocation. Sometimes it is easy to identify the individual’s IP address or his URL that all necessary information is coming from. This approach helps social media outlets and their owners to spot reviewers from different sites. This includes any popular platforms that are free to ban some certain kinds of ads. Cloaking has another mission – it presents the identified reviewers with a wide range of information. The data the software presents is more varied than that a regular user of the media outlet would see when introduced to the same page.

As we all know, restrictions and limitations in the sphere of misinformation are in limbo, Instagram and Facebook are accusing Gaijar of breach of agreement that the user had signed when he decided to become the platforms’ user.

Facebook representatives allege that Gaijar had opened four separate profiles more than 14 years ago and used to for his operations. The user’s page that he had on Facebooks is now removed. However, LeadCloak website is still operating.

Social Media Fight Scam Ads

Social media outlets, such as Instagram or Facebook, have been fighting people who use various platforms to misinform people, spread fake news and ads. A few weeks ago, Wissam al Mana accused Facebook of letting scammers use their outlet as a source of scams. The billionaire insisted on the platform should identify the person selling cryptocurrency using his photos.

A similar conflict occurred with Facebook when Martin Lewis, the famous British financier, found out that there was someone who was using his image to sell Bitcoin. Later on the scammer and his activity was spotted on Instagram.

The fact is that technologies keep developing and it is becoming harder to prevent fake ads and scammers from using various software to spread misinformation on the Internet.