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Facebook filed a lawsuit Thursday against two companies that it accused of data scraping from Facebook and Instagram, as well as Amazon, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.
Director of platform enforcement and litigation Jessica Romero said in a Newsroom post that BrandTotal, based in Israel, and Unimania, incorporated in Delaware, used scraping to engage in an international data harvesting operation, using the data they scraped to sell marketing intelligence and other services.
Romero explained, “Scraping is a form of data collection that relies on unauthorized automation for the purpose of extracting data from a website or app.