For making at least 20 Instagram clones and unlawfully downloading user data from the original service, Facebook wants to sue a Turkish hacker. The organization tried to resolve the conflict amicably, but no contact was made with the businessman, and now it is seeking to prosecute him, even financially.
Monday, November 23, 2020, 09:21 GMT
A million clones of Instagram
Facebook has sued Turkey’s tech developer Ensar Sahinturk for developing and spreading copies of the Instagram social network. The creator manages at least 20 such tools.
Ensar Sakhinturk used apps, according to court papers, to automatically copy information from original Instagram accounts. He created thousands of one-time” accounts for these reasons, and he managed to clone more than 100 thousand accounts of innocent people over the entire duration of his operation.
Originally, Instagram was a regular photo service. It has been around since 2010, and it has been owned by Facebook since April 2012. Under its power, Instagram has increasingly grown into a full-fledged social network.
3 years of service
For more than three years, Sakhinturk has been stealing data from Instagram accounts. In August 2017, the addresses of the very first websites from his vast list, copying the popular Facebook service externally, were registered.
To replenish their own websites, the Turkish creator used the information obtained, building confidence among visitors that they are on real Instagram. The purpose of Ensar Sakhinturk was revenue – he put his own advertisements on his websites, gaining users’ interest.
It is difficult to settle happily.
According to Facebook, going to court was a forced measure.
By sending letters to Sakhinturk to stop copying Instagram and delete all the pages he made, the company’s lawyers tried to prevent this but this did not lead to anything.
In Q1 2019, Facebook started sending emails to a developer in Turkey.
What the firm is looking for ?
Facebook blocked Sakhinturk’s personal profile on the social network of the same name immediately after going to court, wiping more than 30 thousand Instagram accounts, allegedly used by him to automatically copy user data, along the way.
Having refused to peacefully settle the problem with Sakhinturk, the business of Mark Zuckerberg is now finding vengeance. In the tribunal, Facebook wants to obtain full control of all domains on the grounds of the misuse of its trademark rights.
Furthermore the attorneys of the company plan to keep the developer liable.
Via court order, they wish to refund all the money they have received over the lifespan of all the Instagram clones they have made to the corporation.
Facebook has stated in its complaint the incorrect approach of Sakhinturk to the personal data of users of the social network. Lawyers contend that by making their data freely accessible on the global network, the developer harmed users’ privacy. Sakhinturk shared private images, videos, stories, hashtags and even user location details for anyone to see, they explained.
How Facebook is fighting sloppy developers
Facebook attorneys sue developers daily. For eg, they filed a lawsuit in March 2019 against two Ukrainian browser extension developers – Gleb Sluchevsky and Andrey Gorbachev . They were also accused of copying the personal data of users unlawfully.
The Israeli company NSO Group, a video monitoring equipment provider, won a lawsuit from Facebook in October 2019. For the development and selling of Pegasus tech, which is used to spy on WhatsApp messenger users, which Facebook purchased in 2014, she took up arms against her. Facebook accused the NSO Party in particular, of cyberattacks against human rights activists, attorneys, diplomats and government officials from different countries. One of the proceedings in this case took place at the end of April 2020.
And all of these are not instances. In December 2019, for example Facebook sued two Chinese people for using its commercials to mislead consumers and compel them to download malware. In March 2020, in order to expose hackers who registered fraudulent domains through its service, Facebook sued Namecheap, one of the biggest domain name registrars on the Internet.
A case was brought in June 2020 against the owner of Massroot8.com, a website used to hack the passwords of Facebook users, and in August against the owner of the Nakrutka website, which sold views, comments and followers on Instagram.
Facebook itself, at the same time, is most also called to court as a claimant. One of the most recent such events happened at the end of September 2020, when the supposed tacit processing of Instagram users’ personal data using iPhone cameras was the focus of litigation.
In comparison, Facebook, which is seeking in court to smash the Israeli NSO Party, was itself trying to purchase the Pegasus program from it. It was required by the organization to access users’ personal data – files, communications and location. In early April 2020, this became known.