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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has charged the operators of the website Jerk.com with harvesting personal information from Facebook to create profiles labeling people a “jerk” or “not a jerk.” The defendants “created the vast majority of the profiles by misusing personal information they improperly obtained through Facebook,” according to an FTC press release, which notes the defendants “registered numerous websites with Facebook and then allegedly used Facebook’s application programming interfaces to download the names and photos and millions of Facebook users.”
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