(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Social media giant, Facebook, is allegedly being sued for monitoring private messages to gather information on users in which they share the data with marketers, reports Bloomberg.
According to the lawsuit, Facebook monitors messages that include third-party links in order “to improve its marketing algorithms an increase its ability to profit from data about Facebook users.”
This act violates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and California privacy and unfair competition laws.
Facebook spokeswoman, Jackie Rooney, said the allegations are “without merit.”
“We will defend ourselves vigorously,” states Rooney in an email statement.
The plaintiffs are looking to classify the lawsuit as a class action case on behalf of all Facebook users who have sent or received messages in the last two years.
Additionally, the plaintiffs are asking the court to ban the company from continuing to monitor messages, as well as seeking $10,000 in damages for each user affected by this act.