Facebook Ordered to Stand Trial Over Claims That It Scanned Users’ Messages

By David Cohen 

MagnifyingGlassHTTP650U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, Calif., dismissed some claims in a class-action lawsuit against Facebook but ruled that the social network must face claims that it scanned the content of messages sent between users, for advertising purposes, Re/code reported.

According to Re/code, Facebook argued that its actions were covered by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, but Hamilton ruled:

(Facebook has) not offered a sufficient explanation of how the challenged practice falls within the ordinary course of its business.

Re/code reported that the lawsuit was originally filed in 2013, and it alleged that Facebook scanned private messages sent between users for links and added those links to the like totals for the respective pages, violating federal and California state law.

Facebook ceased the practice in 2012, according to the ruling, only analyzing some messages in an effort to combat viruses and spam.

According to Re/code, the case is Campbell vs. Facebook, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, No. 13-5996.

Readers: How do you think this case will play out?

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