A convicted spammer has been banned from using Facebook.
Sanford Wallace was sued by the social networking site last week along with two other men, with Judge Jeremy Fogel of the US District Court for the northern district of California issuing a temporary restraining order barring Wallace and two other alleged spammers, Adam Arzoomanian and Scott Shaw, from accessing Facebook's network.
Facebook claimed that the men gained access to users' accounts and used them to spam the profile pages of the users' friends via their ‘Walls'. It claimed that the spam messages enticed users into visiting phishing websites where they could be tricked into giving their Facebook login credentials, and by routing victims to commercial websites that paid the spammers for the traffic.
Sam O'Rourke, senior litigation counsel with Facebook, said: “Basically, he's not allowed to have any contact with our site or our physical location. Should Mr. Wallace choose to continue to spam us we can actually go out and have a bench warrant and try to have him arrested, so we think it's a pretty significant ruling.”