Spammer to pay Facebook $711 Million
Facebook was awarded $711 million in damages against spammer Sanford Wallace for his massive junk messages sent to users of the social networking site.
“We won another battle in the fight against spam,” said Facebook, which announced the Oct. 29 ruling on its Web site on Friday.
Wallace, aka the “Spam King,” accessed Facebook members’ accounts without their permission and sent out “phony” Wall posts and messages, the company said.
Judge Jeremy Fogel of U.S. District Court in Northern California’s San Jose division also banned Wallace, and anyone affiliated with him, from accessing Facebook.
“Most notably, the judge referred Wallace to the U.S. Attorney’s Office with a request that Wallace be persecuted for criminal contempt, which means that in addition to the judgment, he now faces possible jail time,” read the Facebook statement. “We will continue to pursue damages against other spammers.”
Sanford isn’t your typical spammer and he is not the “Spam King” for nothing. In May last year, another social networking site MySpace, won a $230 million judgment against Wallace for sending junk messages. He was also fined $4 million by the Federal Trade Commission in 2006 for his excessive pop-up ads