Facebook sues man who copied 100,000 Instagram profiles.
Facebook has sued a developer who ran a network of Instagram-like sites. Photos and videos from 100,000 Instagram accounts were used, without the people behind those accounts being aware of it. Facebook reports this on its blog.
The man retrieved publicly accessible information from Instagram and used it to set up profiles for his websites. He used automated software for this. Photos, videos, stories and locations were visible.
Facebook says that the man violated the rules of Instagram. Earlier, the company sent messages urging him to take the content offline.
The man no longer has profiles on Facebook and Instagram. Facebook has removed those accounts. The company now hopes to force the man to take his network offline through the court.
The network has been around since August 2017, but Facebook didn’t discover it until November last year. It is not known precisely what range the man had. A spokesperson told TechCrunch that there was “a lot of traffic” on the sites.