The case is Mathew Campbell versus Facebook.
Facebook is now at the center of a new controversy that accuses the social network of monitoring the private messages of its users. For what? Among many others, the plaintiffs Matthew Campbell and Michael Hurley said that Facebook intercepts private messages to improve its marketing algorithm and better target advertisements to increase profits.
The suit exhorts that the alleged practice violates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the California privacy and unfair competition laws. It also refers to a report written by the Swiss security firm High-Tech Bridge, suggesting that the social network is indeed scanning links shared on private messages. You may read the report here.
The suit is now seeking class action status on behalf of all Facebook users in the U.S. Campbell is also asking the court to stop Facebook from monitoring the private messages of its users. He is also seeking around $10,000 in statutory damages per user.
Jackie Rooney, a spokeswoman for Facebook, says that the allegations made are without merit and that Facebook will defend its case vigorously.