Facebook sues operator of Instagram clone sites

Facebook filed a lawsuit against a website owner who allegedly operated a network of Instagram clone sites using information from more than 100,000 public profiles. This complaint marks the social media giant’s latest crackdown on organizations both large and small for violating its terms of service.

The company has sued Ensar Sahinturk, a Turkish national who operated a network of Instagram clone sites who used automation software to scrape Instagram users’ public profiles, photos and videos from over 100,000 accounts without permission, and this data was then published on his network of websites.

Ensar had controlled a number of domains whose names that were similar to Instagram, including jolygram.com, imggram.com, imggram.net, finalgram.com etc. According to the reports jolygram.com had been in use since August 2017.

The defendant was able to evade Instagram's security measures against automated tools of this nature by making it look like the requests to Facebook's servers were coming from a person using the official Instagram app, the complaint states.

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