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Don’t call it a friend request. Earlier this week, Facebook filed a complaint in northern California district court against Chinese companies accused of selling fake Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Among other things, the complaint alleges trademark and service mark infringement, cybersquatting and breach of contract (Facebook’s terms of services specifically prohibit fake accounts). The social media giant can and has manually shut down fraudulent presences without a legal assist—so why incur the potential expense associated with litigation?

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Frank Ready

Frank Ready is a reporter on the tech desk at ALM Media. He can be reached at [email protected]

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