Facebook sues Chinese companies for infringement and cyber-squatting

Facebook is suing four Chinese companies that allegedly sold fake Facebook and Instagram accounts. The complaint was filed on March 1 in U.S. federal court and argues that the companies manage multiple websites promoting the sale of fake accounts since 2017. Three individuals and four companies are named in the lawsuit.

Facebook is seeking a ban on the companies from engaging in cybersquatting, as the companies were caught using web addresses like “myfacebook.cc,” “facebook88.net,” and “infacebook.cc.” and to receive all profits made from the accounts, plus an additional $100,000 for each instance of trademark infringement.

Facebook’s Vice President Paul Grewal said in an announcement Friday that the Chinese companies not only promoted the sale of fake Facebook and Instagram accounts but also Amazon, Apple, Google, LinkedIn and Twitter.