Facebook said it’s suing domains that were created to look like they are affiliated to its companies with the intention to scam social media users.
The social media company says it has filed a lawsuit against domain name registrar Namecheap and its proxy service, Whoisguard so they will take down those websites.
Facebook said the latter registered 45 different domains that were made with intentions to confuse people into thinking they were affiliated with its app and products. Some of the domains Whoisguard allowed to register include instagrambusinesshelp.com and whatsappdownload.site.
Facebook said it sent multiple notices to Whoisguard between October 2018 and February 2020, demanding it to share information about the suspected scamming domains.
Whoisguard refused to cooperate despite all the messages. “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,” Facebook noted.
In 2019, Facebook filed a similar suit against a domain registrar OnlineNIC. Then Facebook listed 20 different URLs OnlineNIC had allowed cybersquatters to claim. In OnlineNIC’s instance, the company also had a history of allowing the practice to go on.