Meta settles lawsuit against businesses that scrape Facebook and Instagram data for a "significant"

Facebook parent Meta has settled a lawsuit in the United States against two companies that had engaged in data scraping operations, which saw them gathering data from Facebook and Instagram users for marketing intelligence purposes, according to the original complaint filed in October 2020. 

The defendants in the suit, Israeli-based BrandTotal Ltd. and Delaware-based Unimania Inc., agreed to a permanent injunction prohibiting them from scraping Facebook and Instagram data in the future or profiting from the data they collected. As part of their settlement, they also agreed to pay a "significant financial sum," according to Meta. However, Meta refused to reveal the amount paid, and court documents did not specify it.

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