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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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Italy, China Sign Pact To Strengthen Economic Ties

Italy's involvement gives China a crucial inroad into Western Europe and a symbolic boost in its economic tug-of-war with Washington.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte shake their hands following the signing of a memorandum in support of Beijing's "Belt and Road" initiative, at Rome's Villa Madama, March 23, 2019. VOA

Italy has signed a memorandum of understanding with China in support of Beijing’s “Belt and Road” initiative, which aims to weave a network of ports, bridges and power plants linking China with Africa, Europe and beyond.

Premier Giuseppe Conte and Chinese President Xi Jinping shook hands during a ceremony in Rome on Saturday, after 29 separate sections of the memorandum were signed by members of both governments.

 

 

With the memorandum, Italy becomes the first member of the Group of Seven major economies that includes the United States, to join Belt and Road, following Portugal’s embrace of the initiative in December.

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Italy’s involvement gives China a crucial inroad into Western Europe and a symbolic boost in its economic tug-of-war with Washington. (VOA)