In federal court hearing on Tuesday, Facebook lawyer Lisa Simpson told US District Judge in Buffalo, New York, that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg may have signed a seven-year contract with New York businessman Paul Ceglia, granting him an ownership stake in what was then a fledging Web project.
Revealing that Facebook is on the threshold of achieving the enviable 500-million-user mark - a milestone that the company is likely to officially announce sometime this week, coinciding it with the launch of its new marketing plan called ‘Facebook Stories.’
Facebook has categorized the bit ly links as “abusive” on the site, thereby denying access to it for most of the users, while others are being advised not to go through it.
The reasons have not been specified, so far.
Currently, Bit ly is observed as the leading URL shortener. As Facebbok has blocked it, a large number of links over the web including those on Facebook will be affected.
In a June 30-filed lawsuit in the Supreme Court of New York's Allegany County, a Western New York man – Wellsville’s Paul Ceglia – has sued Facebook and its founder and CEO Mark Elliot Zuckerberg, claiming that he owns 84 percent of the popular social networking service.
Facebook received a fine from a German privacy controller after it failed to obtain the permission of the people whose contact particulars it contained.
At issue are the site's invite and address-book synchronization functions, via which uploads and stores contact details from the e-mail and mobile phone address books of its users.
German officials are reported to have filed legal proceedings against Facebook concerning its accessing and saving of the personal information of people who do not use the site without any permission, alleging that it is being used for marketing purposes.
However, this is not the first time the widely known social networking giant has been trashed into the troubling waters by data protection officials.
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