Social networking giant Facebook has launched legal action against a spammer accused of posting fake links to a purported sex tape filmed by Justin Bieber and his girlfriend Selena Gomez.
Court papers filed by the social media firm name Christopher Peter Tarquini, as the alleged mastermind behind the scam – which saw him profit by redirecting clicks to sites which paid for hits.
Anyone who fell for the ruse was presented with a pop-up message requesting access to a Facebook account, which gave the app control over the users account to spam their friends.
Subsequent to this Tarquini was informed that his actions contravened Facebook’s terms and conditions of service and he was barred from accessing the site again, but these requests were ignored.
Now Facebook is seeking recompense for the cost of locating him and removing the malicious links and claims it has a confession from Tarbini which backs up its case.
Tarquini has yet to lodge an official response to Facebook’s claims.