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Social Networking Giant Facebook Sues China-based Companies Over Fake Accounts

The lawsuit asked the court to prevent these people and entities from creating and promoting the sale of fake accounts, likes, and followers on Facebook and Instagram

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Facebook App on a smartphone device. (VOA)

Facebook has sued four companies and three people based in China for promoting the sale of fake accounts, likes and followers on its platform as well as its photo-sharing service, Instagram.

According to the Facebook lawsuit filed in a US federal court, these firms and people did the same on Amazon, Apple, Google, LinkedIn and Twitter.

“We’re also enforcing our rights under US intellectual property law for their illegal use of our trademarks and brand,” Paul Grewal, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Litigation at Facebook, said in a statement on Friday.

“By filing the lawsuit, we hope to reinforce that this kind of fraudulent activity is not tolerated – and that we’ll act forcefully to protect the integrity of our platform.”

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This photograph taken on May 16, 2018, shows a figurine standing in front of the logo of social network Facebook on a cracked screen of a smartphone in Paris. VOA

The people and the companies being sued in China were not identified.

The lawsuit asked the court to prevent these people and entities from creating and promoting the sale of fake accounts, likes, and followers on Facebook and Instagram.

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It also asked the court to stop them from infringing on Facebook trademarks on their websites r using Facebook branded domain names to operate their websites like cyber squatting. (IANS)

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Facebook Pay to Work Across its App Ecosystem

In India, Facebook is aiming to launch WhatsApp Pay, a peer-to-peer payment system

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Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps are displayed on an iPhone, March 13, 2019, in New York. VOA

Facebook has launched a new payments system that will work across its app ecosystem — Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp.

Appropriately named Facebook Pay, it will begin rolling out on Facebook and Messenger this week in the US for fundraisers, in-game purchases, event tickets, person-to-person payments on Messenger and purchases from select Pages and businesses on Facebook Marketplace.

“Over time, we plan to bring Facebook Pay to more people and places, including for use across Instagram and WhatsApp,” Deborah Liu, Vice President, Marketplace and Commerce at Facebook, said in a statement late Tuesday.

Facebook Pay supports most major credit and debit cards as well as PayPal.

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The social media application, Facebook is displayed on Apple’s App Store, July 30, 2019. VOA

The social media giant said Facebook Pay is built on existing financial infrastructure and partnerships, and is separate from the Calibra wallet which will run on the Libra network, the company’s digital currency.

You can start using Facebook Pay on Facebook or Messenger with just a few taps.

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“With Facebook Pay, we’re continuing to invest in security. We designed Facebook Pay to securely store and encrypt your card and bank account numbers, perform anti-fraud monitoring on our systems to detect unauthorized activity and provide notifications for account activity,a said Liu.

The users can add a PIN or use device biometrics, such as touch or face ID recognition, for an extra layer of security when sending money or making a payment.

In India, Facebook is aiming to launch WhatsApp Pay, a peer-to-peer payment system. (IANS)