We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
 
74,953 News Articles

Facebook launches legal action against uSocial

Marketing firm is 'illegally accessing site'

Facebook has launched legal action against uSocial - an Australian marketing firm that sells 'fans' and 'friends' on the social network.

In a letter to uSocial, Facebook said the company was breaking several laws including illegally accessing the site.

However uSocial, which announced in September this year that it was planning to sell friends on the social network, claimed it was doing nothing wrong.

"We have been dealing with Facebook regarding this matter and we have removed our friend-buying service, though we're not budging on selling fans," said uSocial CEO Leon Hill.

We are well within our legal right to do so and despite the C&D, we're not taking the service down."

This is not the first-time uSocial has angered social media sites. In August, Micro-blogging site Twitter tried to shut down uSocial for selling 'followers'.

However, despite Facebook's issue with the company, uSocial said it would continue its service.

"We're actually not too worried by this and we'll be ramping up our Facebook services in the coming weeks," said Hill.

"We'll shortly be launching a similar service with Facebook groups, though we will have to wait and see what the response is from that."

Broadband speed test

See also: uSocial to sell Twitter followers


IDG UK Sites

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date, price and specs 2014

IDG UK Sites

iPhone 5s review: why the iPhone 5s is still the best phone you can buy in 2014

IDG UK Sites

Passwords don't work: here's four ways to fix them

IDG UK Sites

Developers get access to more Sony camera features