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Social Networking Giant Facebook Sues OnlineNIC for Domain Name Fraud: Report

The lawsuit also references some 20 other domain names that are similar to Facebook and Instagram

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Facebook has filed a lawsuit against domain name registrar OnlineNIC for registering domain names or web addresses that pretended to be affiliated with the social networking giant.

The domain names like www-facebook-login.com and facebook-mails.com are designed to mislead and confuse the users who believe they’re interacting with Facebook.

“By mentioning our apps and services in the domain names, OnlineNIC and ID Shield intended to make them appear legitimate and confuse people. This activity is known as cybersquatting and OnlineNIC has a history of this behaviour,” Facebook said in a statement on Thursday.

The company has filed a lawsuit in California against the state-based OnlineNIC and its proxy service ID Shield.

“We don’t want people to be deceived, so we track and take action against suspicious and misleading domains, including those registered using privacy/proxy services that allow owners to hide their identity,” said Facebook.

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

There are tens of millions of domain names on the web that have been registered using these privacy/proxy services.

“We proactively report instances of abuse to domain name registrars and privacy/proxy services and often collaborate with them to take down these malicious domains,” it added.

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In many instances, however, domain name registrars and privacy/proxy services will not investigate or respond to abuse reports, which enables bad actors and delays our efforts to fight fraud and abuse.

“This was the case with OnlineNIC and ID Shield,” said Facebook.

The lawsuit also references some 20 other domain names that are similar to Facebook and Instagram. (IANS)

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Here are All The Things One Should Know About Facebook Pay

According to the social networking giant, users do not need to download anything new -- Facebook Pay works seamlessly on the apps they use

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Eligible users can set up Facebook Pay by setting it up for use across all Facebook apps individually. Pixabay

Marking its foray into the digital payments system, Facebook has launched a new payments system named Facebook Pay which lets users send money to friends, shop and donate on the social networking platform and Messenger.

Currently available in the US, it will be expanded to Facebook-owned Instagram and WhatsApp later.

It is not yet clear if Facebook Pay will launch in India as Facebook’s plans in the country are focused around WhatsApp Pay as it has a massive WhatsApp user base in the country. However, it hasn’t been introduced so far due to regulatory issues.

It is also not known if both Facebook Pay and WhatsApp Pay will be introduced in India.

According to the social networking giant, users do not need to download anything new — Facebook Pay works seamlessly on the apps they use.

Mobile billing will also be a mode of payment on the platform, said the firm’s payment terms.

“Getting started is quick and easy. Simply add your credit card, debit card, or PayPal, and you’re good to go,” the company said in its support page.

Eligible users can set up Facebook Pay by setting it up for use across all Facebook apps individually. They can go to Settings > Facebook Pay, on the Facebook app or website, then add a payment method.

It is pertinent to note that Facebook Pay is also not connected to its proposed cryptocurrency wallet Libra.

The company will not charge a fee from the users for sending and receiving money via Messenger app.

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Marking its foray into the digital payments system, Facebook has launched a new payments system named Facebook Pay which lets users send money to friends, shop and donate on the social networking platform and Messenger. Pixabay

Facebook may, however, subject users to fees from third parties for reversal charges or insufficient funds if attempted payments are rejected.

Users who are under 18 will not be able to use the peer-to-peer (P2P) payments service on Messenger.

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P2P is also not to be used for business, commercial, or merchant transactions. The company will discontinue payment services if it notices such prohibited transactions. (IANS)