Facebook is suing Singapore-based app developer for fraud

Singapore-based app developer Jedimobi is sued by Facebook for embedding malware into its Android apps that hijack a user's phone to generate false ad clicks, to monetize unsuspecting users.

Jedimobi is one of two app developers, along with Lionmobi, that the social media company allegedly brought lawsuits against, claiming it used Android apps filled with malicious software that hijack people's phones to fake ad clicks.

This helped companies generate "undeserved payments from Facebook for misunderstanding that a real person had clicked on the ads," Facebook said in a blog post.

According to the social media company, Lionmobi and Jedimobi made apps available in the Google Play store that infected the user's phones with malware when they were downloaded. The malicious software "created fake user clicks on Facebook ads that appeared on users' phones, giving the impression that users had clicked on the ads".

Aside from making their malware-free apps available on the Google Play Store, Lionmobi also announced its apps on Facebook, which violate Facebook's advertising policies.

Jedimobi is a Singapore-based Android app developer that has been active since July 2018. Some of their current apps on the Google Play app include a calculator app and a Fat Burning Workout app. All of their apps have been installed more than a million times.

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Advertisement Scams Like These Are Nothing New, But It Is Heartbreaking To See Facebook Take take serious action against both developers, even launching them from their social media platform. They definitely take app developers who break their rules a lot more seriously.

"Our lawsuit is one of the first of its kind against this practice," said the blog post. "Facebook discovered this scam as part of our ongoing effort to investigate and stop abuse of app developers and any misuse of our advertising products."

So far, Facebook did not reveal how many users they believe were affected by the apps that developed Lionmobi and Jedimobi, as well as how much money the developers potentially earned from their fraudulent scheme.

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