Facebook awarded $873 million in suit against spammer

Spam marketing messages on Facebook have been getting worse over the last year, as the site has grown. On Friday, the company won a court battle against spam perpetrator Adam Guerbuez and Atlantis Blue Capital: An $873 million award it will likely never be able to collect.

The legal action was filed under the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act (CAN-SPAM), a 2004 law that among other things prohibits false or misleading emails. Guerbuez’s marketing messages included ads for “legal” marijuana, male enhancement products, and other objectionable material.

Suing spammers is hopefully a sort of deterrent to future marketing spam. MySpace, for example, won a $230 million award against a notorious spammer named Sanford “Spamford” Wallace.

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