Breaking: Facebook Names MaxBounty In Lawsuit For Spam-Ridden Ads

Breaking: Facebook Names MaxBounty In Lawsuit For Spam-Ridden Ads

Summary: Facebook has just filed a lawsuit against MaxBounty (an ad network for affiliate marketers). With Facebook advertising being the hottest ticket in town, this is BIG news that could have some fairly drastic ramifications for MaxBounty and other ad networks going forward!

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Some fairly large news today for any affiliate marketers who leverage MaxBounty's network for their ad campaigns; I received an email earlier from MaxBounty Inc. CEO, JP Sauve, which states their involvement in a lawsuit filed by Facebook. To quote:

 

"It has come to our attention that Facebook has named MaxBounty in a lawsuit. The complaint alleges that certain MaxBounty affiliates have caused Facebook users to "spam" their friends, use Facebook trademarks, and post deceptive offers.

We take these claims seriously. As you know, MaxBounty does not control the content of its affiliates' websites, the style of affiliate campaigns, or where affiliate web pages are hosted. MaxBounty merely acts as a traffic broker and statistical tracking system between affiliates and advertisers. MaxBounty has not "spammed" anyone on Facebook.

Facebook's allegations in the complaint are inaccurate. Regardless, we have every intention of cooperating with Facebook, to the extent possible, to ensure that all applicable laws and Facebook rules and are complied with. MaxBounty has a reputation of not allowing spam or deceptive advertising practices by its affiliates on social websites. In the past, we have removed affiliates from our network who had engaged in such unacceptable campaigns.

We expect this matter will be resolved promptly, amicably, and without any disruption to MaxBounty's business for advertisers or affiliates."

 

After doing some quick investigation, I located some specifics on the lawsuit which was filed on October 19, 2010 by Facebook and it appears to be worded quite a bit more seriously than Mr. Sauve's treatise:

 

"Facebook's lawsuit against MaxBounty, Inc. a Canadian internet advertising company, accusing it of CAN-SPAM Act violations, computer fraud, fraud, trademark dilution, breach of contract, tortious interference with contract, and false designation of origin"

 

So long as you aren't running any campaigns that fall outside of MaxBounty's rules or general ethical boundaries, you should be fine as a MaxBounty affiliate. Likewise, it appears MaxBounty has drawn their line in the sand as to what they are not held liable for in relation to the campaigns their affiliates ran which resulted in the lawsuit, so it will be interesting to see how this one pans out.

In the world of Internet marketing, advertising on Facebook is the hottest ticket in town right now. This lawsuit makes it blatantly clear that Facebook plans on taking a stand against those looking to advertise to their 500+ million user base in unethical/spammy ways. Even if MaxBounty cannot be held accountable for the actions of their affiliates, such a lawsuit will undoubtedly make them -- and all other affiliate networks -- triple-check their legal stances.

See the Lawsuit: Facebook vs. MaxBounty, Inc.

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  • RE: Breaking: Facebook Names MaxBounty In Lawsuit For Spam-Ridden Ads

    In all honesty regardless of what Mr Suave says, he knows that the business he runs in bordering on unethical. A large proportion of Maxbounty's offers are Zip submits and surveys, which ARE misleading.

    Details are sold, the chances of getting a "free gift" are second to none, and in order to get a "free" gift you usually have to spend money, making the gift (not)free. All of the information on privacy and how your details are used are very hard to access, and you WILL be spammed and details are always sold. What's more, a certain proportion of leads generated by affiliates will be "scrubbed" by Maxbounty, ie - not paid out.

    I don't think on this instance Mr Suave can he held fully accountable for the issues Facebook are seeing, because as he has already stated, Maxbounty is only a broker for CPA leads, and they don't advertise on Facebook themselves.

    But the fact they still allow Facebook traffic from their affiliates, from a third party point of view, means that Maxbounty are in fact encouraging users to use Facebook to generate leads - and to generate these leads on Facebook, spam will occur.

    Is Maxbounty solely responsible for the spam issues Facebook are facing? I don't think so. Could they play a part in helping prevent it? I believe so.

    Facebook is a CPA marketing goldmine, marketers know this, Maxbounty know this, and Facebook knows this. They're going to have to start getting tough if they want to put a stop to people exploiting this.
    mantisinc
    • RE: Breaking: Facebook Names MaxBounty In Lawsuit For Spam-Ridden Ads

      @mantisinc Thank you for the feedback and well-put. It is primarily for all the reasons you listed that I will be keeping a close eye on this lawsuit. I dabble in affiliate marketing, but not on this level. I know the "big bucks" are made through publishing Facebook ads, but dollar signs aren't my prime mover; hence, I don't get super-involved in it (and I have ethics which keep me from selling snake oil to desperate and insecure people, so there goes trying to sell something like HGH, Acai Berry, and pills).

      -Stephen
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      • RE: Breaking: Facebook Names MaxBounty In Lawsuit For Spam-Ridden Ads

        @StephenChapman Here is the thing with <a href="http://www.jobsworkingonline.com/max-bounty-successful-cpa-affiliate-program/">MAX BOUNTY</a> they are cracking down on affiliates who are using misleading ads to get potential customers to input their personal information. Usually customers like these are no good to maxbounty anyways. All affiliates received an email several days ago regarding this issue. They better stop now or their account will be terminated.
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  • RE: Breaking: Facebook Names MaxBounty In Lawsuit For Spam-Ridden Ads

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