Facebook has filed a lawsuit against domain name register, Namecheap and its proxy service, ‘Whoisguard’ for the registration of domain names that deceive the masses by pretending to be affiliated with Facebook apps.
The lawsuit follows Facebook’s regular scan for domain names and apps that infringe their trademarks so they can protect people from abuse.
Nevertheless, Facebook found that Whoisguard registered 45 domain names that impersonated Facebook and its other services.
Some of the registered domain names by whoisguard include; instagrambusinesshelp.com, facebo0k-login.com, and whatsappdownload.site.
These domain names can trick people into believing they are legitimate and are often used for phishing, fraud, and scams.
According to reports from Facebook notices were sent to Whoisguard between October 2018 and February 2020, and despite their obligation to provide information about these infringing domain names, they declined to cooperate.
“We don’t want people to be deceived by these web addresses, so we’ve taken legal action” stated a report from Facebook.
However, a similar lawsuit was filed in October 2019 against OnlineNIC, another domain registrar, and its proxy service.
Our goal is to create consequences for those who seek to do harm and we will continue to take legal action to protect people from domain name fraud and abuse.
The practice of registering a domain name that resembles a trademarked brand name is called cybersquatting or domain name squatting.
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Today, Facebook is the world’s largest social network, with more than 1 billion users worldwide.