Facebook filed a lawsuit in the US on Thursday to prevent the creation of clone sites.
The social network accused Ensar Sahinturk of using automation software to scrape the publicly viewable information of Instagram users and create a network of clone websites or websites that copy profiles, posts and other information from Facebook or Instagram without the users’ knowledge or consent and show.
Platform enforcement and litigation director Jessica Romero said in a newsroom post Thursday that Sahinturk scraped over 100,000 Instagram accounts and posted data from those accounts to a network of clone sites where users could enter Instagram usernames to view profiles , Pictures, videos, stories, hashtags and locations.
She added that Sahinturk’s Facebook and Instagram accounts had already been deactivated and cease and desist letters had been sent, so Facebook requested a permanent injunction.
Romero wrote, “Data scraping undermines people’s privacy and ability to control their information, and this is prohibited by our terms. This case is the latest example of our actions to disrupt those who scrape user data as part of our ongoing commitment to protecting our community, enforcing our policies, and being accountable for misuse of our services. “