In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook has been auditing and suspending tens of thousands of apps on its platform. Now, the company is taking legal action against two separate developers for failing to comply with an audit and selling services that inflate Instagram users’ engagement stats, respectively.
In the US, Facebook sued Nikolay Holper, creator of a service called Nakrutka, for using “a network of bots and automation software to distribute fake likes, comments, views and followers on Instagram [and selling] fake engagement services,” Facebook says. Holper was previously warned by Facebook that he was in violation of its terms.
In the UK, meanwhile, Facebook Ireland sued MobiBurn, OakSmart Technologies, and its founder Fatih Haltas. MobiBurn paid app developers to install a malicious software development kit (SDK) in their apps.
“When people installed those apps on their devices, MobiBurn collected information from the devices and requested data from Facebook, including the person’s name, time zone, email address and …