A Canadian man who over a two-month period sent more than four million spam messages to Facebook profiles, promoting marijuana and sexual-enhancement drugs, has now been ordered by the Quebec court to pay $873 million in fines.
Sophos reports that during March and April 2008, Adam Guerbuez sent 4,366,386 spam to users of the popular social network. The fine was originally set in place by California court in 2008. Guerbuez was charged $100 in damages and $100 in punitive damages for each of the alleged spam messages. However, when the self-proclaimed large-scale marketer failed to pay Facebook, the case was moved to the Quebec Superior Court for local enforcement.
Commenting on Guerbuez’s activities, Quebec Superior Court Justice Lise Fournier wrote, “Facebook had never been targeted by as much spam and the method used was particularly efficient given that the spam appeared to be coming from users' friends.”
It is highly unlikely Guerbuez will pay his fines as he filed for bankruptcy in August, listing Facebook as one of the creditors.