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Facebook Sued by Five of “Their Own”
Five Facebook users have filed suit against the top social networking site, claiming that the social network exists for the sole purpose of collecting data from users and then selling this information to third-party companies for commercial use. Â The suit includes allegations that Facebook misappropriated their names, photos and personal information.
The suit was filed in California State court on Monday.
The suit is seeking damages for two children (under age 13), a professional photographer, an actress/model, and an “original” user from the days “The Facebook” for violating California Consumer privacy laws.
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In May 2007, TechCrunch touted Social Media Network, Tagged, as possibly the fastest-growing Social Media site, and touted the fact that it had just become profitable. Â Known as a “second-tier” network, along with Orkut, Hi5, Bebo, and Piczo, it was expected that Tagged would soon become a first tier player, ranking with the likes of Facebook and MySpace.
A lot can change in two years, and although Tagged boast 80 Million users, they’ve got their hands full of legal issues at the moment. Yesterday, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo charged Tagged with “spamming and stealing identities” from 60 million users.
Tagged’s scam used it’s users contacts to contact people that were not part of the network and sent them emails stating that there were pictures of them posted online, and to see them they would need to log in. Unfortunately, one of the people that received this message was a reporter for Time. Read the rest of this entry »