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Jerk.com Stole Facebook Data, Scammed Users

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April 09, 2014 AT 10:30 AM
The website Jerk.com claimed to rate more than 73 million people as "a jerk" or "not a jerk." But the U.S. government says the website's creators were the real jerks — they allegedly scraped Facebook for personal photos and other information, fraudulently claimed people could pay $30 to change their profiles and created a platform essentially devoted to cyberbullying. The Federal Trade Commission has accused Jerk, LLC and its owner, John Fanning, of illegally obtaining and using personal information from Facebook in violation of the Federal Trade Commission Act. The FTC seeks a court order to force Jerk.com to delete the information.