Facebook is suing a New Zealand company for allegedly selling fake likes, views and followers to Instagram users.
The lawsuit, filed in US federal court, is targeting the three individuals that run ‘follower-buying service’ Social Media Series Limited.
The complaint alleges the individuals have used different companies and websites to sell fake engagement services to Instagram users.
“By filing the lawsuit, we are sending a message that this kind of fraudulent activity is not tolerated on our services, and we will act to protect the integrity of our platform,” wrote Facebook director of platform enforcement and litigation Jessica Romero.
Facebook said the lawsuit is “one more step” in its ongoing efforts to prevent inauthentic behaviour on its platforms.
“Inauthentic activity has no place on our platform. That’s why we devote significant resources to detecting and stopping this behavior, including blocking the creation and use of fake accounts, and using machine learning technology to proactively find and remove inauthentic activity from Instagram,” the blog post read.