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Facebook Profiles Scraped for Dating Website

February 7, 2011  |  2:00pm
Facebook Profiles Scraped for Dating Website

Facebook celebrated its seventh anniversary by preparing a lawsuit for a dating website that took 250,000 member profiles from the social-network giant.

Lovely-Faces.com is a dating site that was launched last week and took names, locations and photos from publicly accessible Facebook profiles in order to boost their own website. The duo behind Lovely-Faces.com have come up with multiple excuses in their defense. They are saying that what they did was for art, not commerce. Also, they stated they will take down the profiles if asked by the owner and that the whole thing is really just part of a series of pranks, the first two were aimed at Google and Amazon.

“Scraping people’s information violates our terms,” said Barry Schnitt, Facebook’s director of policy communications. “We have taken, and will continue to take, aggressive legal action against organizations that violate these terms. We’re investigating this site and will take appropriate action.”

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