Facebook Scores $873 Million Victory Against Canadian Spammer…. Good Luck Collecting That

A US court has ruled against spammers who were bombarding Facebook with spam messages and ordered them to pay $873 million in damages. Spammer Adam Guerbuez of Montreal and his company Atlantis Blue Capital were told to pay $436.2 million in statutory damages and another $436.2 million in aggravated statutory damages for violations of the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act (CAN-SPAM). However, Facebook is unlikely to collect any of the money:

“Does Facebook expect to quickly collect $US873 million ($A1.38 billion) dollars and share the proceeds in some way with our users?” asked Kelly in a posting on the Facebook blog. “Alas, no. It’s unlikely that Geurbez and Atlantis Blue Capital could ever honour the judgment rendered against them.

“But we are confident that this award represents a powerful deterrent to anyone and everyone who would seek to abuse Facebook and its users,” he added.

This is a very significant victory against the forces of evil spammers. Hopefully it will lead to many more and ultimately lead to the elimination of Spam.

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