Somebody “Dislikes” the “Like”-Facebook’s New Case

By | January 14, 2014

The social media giant Facebook will have to face law suit over its ‘Like’ button. Not the first time there is an issue over the like button. Last year Facebook had to face a lawsuit over the patent of the ‘Like’ button but the case is different this time.download

Anthony Ditirro a Colorado resident claims Facebook falsely displayed that he ‘Liked’ USA TODAY, despite the fact  he has never ‘Liked’ or visited publication’s website. The class-action suit filed by Anthony Ditirro in the federal court of San Jose on late Thursday seeks $750 for himself and anyone whose name appears as used the feature ‘Like’ for ads of products that they haven’t endorsed.

“Although PLAINTIFF has nothing negative to say about USA TODAY newspapers, PLAINTIFF is not an avid reader of USA TODAY, nor does PLAINTIFF endorse the newspaper,” the suit says. The lawsuit states the feature ‘Like’ violates state and federal laws tied to privacy and publicity rights.

Facebook Spokeswoman Genevieve Grdina responded by saying the complaint is “without merit and we will defend ourselves vigorously.”

Facebook has been sued for patent over ‘Like’ button on 5th Feb 2013 by unnamed widow of Mr. Van Der Meer a Dutch programmer who died in 2004 who invented early social networking site Surfbook and had patent of Like button to approve posts in it by users.

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