In the largest judgement ever made under the U.S. CAN-SPAM Act of 2004, California based social networking site Facebook has been awarded US$873 million in damages against a Canadian Facebook user, Adam Guerbuez who owns the company Atlantis Blue Capital.
The judgement comes as a result of more than 4 million bogus Facebook messages from members’ profiles being sent by Atlantis Blue Capital. Many of the spammy messages were promoting male enhancement drugs and the like.
“Does Facebook expect to quickly collect $873 million and share the proceeds in some way with our users? Alas, no. It’s unlikely that Geurbez and Atlantis Blue Capital could ever honor the judgment rendered against them (though we will certainly collect everything we can). But we are confident that this award represents a powerful deterrent to anyone and everyone who would seek to abuse Facebook and its users”, wrote Max Kelly, Facebook’s director of security.
This post on Kid Tech Guru has a copy of the judgement file embedded.