Facebook sues ‘spammer’ for posting fake Bieber sex tape links
London – Facebook is taking legal action against an alleged spammer suspected of posting fake links to a supposed sex tape of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.
Court papers filed in the US alleged that Christopher Peter Tarquini was behind the messages.
According to the BBC, users who clicked the link in the posts were redirected to sites that allegedly paid Tarquini for hits.
In addition, clicking led to the posts being automatically shared with users’ Facebook friends.
Facebook called Tarquini a ‘recidivist’ spammer who has spent last five years making computer programmes that put ‘deceptive messages, images and links’ on the site’s pages.
One of the most notorious of the programmes involved faked images purporting to take people to a video of actress Selena Gomez with her partner, singer Justin Bieber, the report said.
According to the report, Facebook said it had a confession from Tarquini that he had written the program that took over accounts and posted faked links.
Tarquini has yet to file any legal response to Facebook’s claims.