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Congratulations to Facebook for fighting the spammers

Facebook just won a $712 million lawsuit against spammer Sanford Wallace.

They deserve our support and congratulations for doing this.

The bigger question: Why aren’t more companies doing more to stop spammers?

The major email providers should sue the crap out of every spammer on earth. They won’t win often, but they’ll scare enough of them out of business.

Every email provider, web hosting company, and ISP should throw money into a shared non-profit to handle the legal work.  They’ll recover their investment through reduced spam-fighting costs and happier customers.  (This is exactly what they do with the Business Software Alliance to fight software piracy.)  And they’ll be doing the right thing.

I tried to organize a group like this in 2004. Fast Company wrote about it.

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  1. gregorylent November 14, 2009 at 8:34 am #

    fb makes half its money from in house spammers, wouldnt get too excited

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