Auto-Logging Into Facebook Could Get You Arrested

Facebook is claiming that it is a criminal offense to use an add-on aggregation service that lets users access information from multiple social networking accounts. Power Ventures, creator of the social network aggregator Power.com is being sued by Facebook, who claims that their terms of service bans users from accessing their information through automatic means. Power.com’s motto is “all your friends in one place,” and the service allows users to log in to their accounts at sites like Twitter, LinkedIn, Orkut and Hi5 simultaneously so that friends, profiles, messages, postings and content from many locations can be seen all at once.

Facebook’s TOS explicitly states in section 3.2, “you will not collect users’ content or information, or otherwise access Facebook, using automated means (such as harvesting bots, robots, spiders, or scrapers) without our permission.” Also relied on in the case is section 3.5, which states “you will not solicit login information or access an account belonging to someone else.”