Anyone following the ill-fated lawsuit filed against Facebook and its co-founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, by Paul Ceglia, who claimed to be the co-owner of the social network until the alleged contract his case was based on was deemed a fraud, had to wonder what Ceglia’s lawyers were thinking when they agreed to represent him, especially in light of the fact that several lawyers dropped the case at one time or another. Facebook apparently wondered the same thing, as the company filed suit against several of Ceglia’s lawyers, including those from DLA Piper, claiming that those lawyers and firms knew Ceglia’s claims were bogus but pursued the case in hopes of reaching a large settlement.
Calling someone a jerk is rude to start off with, but launching a since-shuttered website that collected personal information from Facebook users was definitely a jerk move in the eyes of the Federal Trade Commission, as CNET reported that the FTC filed a complaint against Jerk.com Monday.
This week brought good news and bad news to WhatsApp, the cross-platform mobile messaging company Facebook acquired in a $19 billion deal in February. The good news: WhatsApp announced in a tweet Tuesday that it set a record by handling 64 billion messages in 24 hours. The bad news: The traffic may have taken its toll, as WhatsApp was down for a few hours Wednesday morning.
The bad news continues to roll in for self-proclaimed Facebook co-owner Paul Ceglia, as U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara ruled Tuesday to grant Facebook’s motion to dismiss Ceglia’s lawsuit against the social network and its co-founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, following the ruling by U.S. District Judge Andrew L. Carter Jr. earlier this month that Cegila must stand trial on mail fraud and wire fraud charges against him for submitting fake evidence and emails and destroying real evidence in his suit against Facebook and Zuckerberg.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during his keynote address at the 2014 GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 24: “Look, when you’ve just bought a company for $16 billion (WhatsApp, not counting the restricted stock units that hiked the total to $19 billion), chances are you are probably done with your acquisitions for a while.” A while was barely more than one month, and Zuckerberg explained the motivation behind Facebook’s $2 billion deal to acquire immersive virtual reality technology company Oculus VR in a call with analysts Tuesday.
Facebook announced an overhaul of the design for its News Feed last week, but why did the social network choose to go in certain directions with its primary destination? News Feed Product Manager Greg Marra spoke with Jennifer Van Grove of CNET and shed some light on the topic.
Facebook once again found itself in the “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” conundrum caused by controversial subject matter, being pressured to remove a page, in this case by the Anti-Defamation League, and winding up in the unenviable position of having to decide whether to censor its users.
Did Facebook user Anthony Ditirro like the USA Today Facebook page, or didn’t he? Perhaps the answer will emerge during court proceedings, as the Colorado resident filed a lawsuit against the social network, seeking class-action status, and claiming that Facebook falsified likes for advertising purposes, CNET reported.