Facebook Wins Over Spam, Can’t Collect

November 25th, 2008 at 12:00 am

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Good news and bad news for Facebook.  Last week they won a legal battle against a spammer and the court ordered the loser to pay Facebook $873 million in damages.  Bad news is, that fee is impossible for a small time spammer to pay.

In retrospect, Facebook sued Adam Guerbuez and Atlantis Blue for sending sleazy messages to Facebook users.  

In a court in San Jose, after a legal proceeding lasting four months, federal Judge Jeremy Fogel awarded Facebook $873 million in damages against Adam Guerbuez and Atlantis Blue Capital for sending sleazy messages to our users. The award is the largest judgment in history for an action brought under Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act (CAN-SPAM). [Facebook Blog]

Unfortunately, Facebook too knows that collecting $873 million from Guerbuez and Atlantis Blue is next to impossible.  They will try to, but they’ll probably give up or tire down.  They do take a consolation out of this.  Facebook will be using this as an example and warning to spammers who try to spread junk and useless content on their platform. 

On the brighter side, online companies fighting battles against spammers of all kinds will be able to use this example as a deterrent.  I’m sure that those companies planning to sue some spammer just got a morale boost anf will probably be filing the suit tomorrow.