Friday, October 30th, 2009
A federal court has awarded Facebook $711 million in damages from spammer Sanford Wallace, who was convicted of hitting the social networking site with millions of spam messages staring in November of 2008. Wallace, notoriously named the Spam King, accessed members’ accounts without their permission and created phony wall posts and messages. The judge in the case requested that Wallace also be prosecuted for criminal contempt. Facebook’s legal team said they don’t expect to collect the full award but hope this will serve as a deterrent to other spammers. This was the second large award Facebook has received in a court case with a spammer. Read more about it in the Computerworld website.