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Facebook has filed suit against Steven Richter of Kings Park, another individual and a Canadian company for spamming its users, according to court filings.

In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif. on Tuesday, Facebook alleges that Richter created many fake Facebook Pages that redirected Facebook users’ computers through commercial websites that paid him for the traffic. The victims were tricked “into using malicious computer code that allowed him to spam the Facebook user’s friends with commercial message that appeared to come from the user when in fact they were sent by” Richter.

In a posting on its Facebook Security page Wednesday, the company wrote that its lawsuits alleged “violations of our terms and applicable law by defendants attempting to trick people on Facebook into signing up for mobile subscriptions and sending spam to their friends.”

In a separate lawsuit, Facebook charged that Jason Swan, of Las Vegas, created fake websites and Facebook Pages that claimed to be able to add a “dislike” button — a feature that users have clamored for.

A third lawsuit against MaxBounty Inc., of Ottawa, Canada, charges that the company set up deceptive Facebook Pages to trick users into going to MaxBounty’s commercial websites and allowing spam to be sent to all their Facebook friends.

The lawsuits claim the alleged scammers violated laws including the U.S. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act (CAN-SPAM).

Attempts to reach Richter on Thursday morning were unsuccessful.

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