Facebook Tuesday filed two separate lawsuits against four people in federal court for a false engagement or for providing services designed to artificially promote likes and followers on Instagram.
In a lawsuit, the company accused Defendants Sean Heilweil and Jarrett Lusso, of New York, of providing these services through Boostgram, which used a network of bots to automate the delivery of likes and followers from Instagram accounts.
In the second lawsuit, Laila Abou Trabi and Robin Abou Trabi from Dubai were accused of using a network of bots and automation software to fake Instant-Fans.com customers’ Instagram accounts.
Instant-Fans.com offered similar services for Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, TikTok, Twitter, YouTube and other platforms.
Jessica Romero, Facebook’s director of platform enforcement and litigation, said in a newsroom post that cease and desist letters were sent to all defendants informing them that their actions violated Instagram’s Terms of Service, Policies and Community Guidelines.
The social network has also disabled the accounts of seven companies in Asia and Europe, and sent cease and desist letters to seven companies that defrauded online users who bought items from their websites.
Romero said, “Every company used Facebook and Instagram to advertise consumer products. When someone clicked the link in the ad to buy a product, they were taken to a third-party website to complete the purchase. After paying for the item, the user either never received the item or received an item that was different from the item described in the ad. In all cases, people were unable to return items or receive a refund. “