Meta Sued Over 'Ghostbusters' Project: Claims of Intercepting Rival App Data

March 28, 2024
Meta Sued Over 'Ghostbusters' Project: Claims of Intercepting Rival App Data
  • Meta is involved in a class action lawsuit over a clandestine project called 'Ghostbusters', later renamed the 'In-App Action Panel' (IAAP), designed to intercept and analyze competitor app traffic.

  • The project targeted apps such as Snapchat, YouTube, and Amazon to leverage Facebook's position in the social media and advertising sectors.

  • Court documents allege Facebook employed a 'man-in-the-middle' approach, encouraging users to install kits that intercepted encrypted data from these apps.

  • These actions have sparked accusations against Meta for anticompetitive behavior and potential violations of wiretapping laws.

  • The lawsuit claims that Facebook's data collection practices allowed it to inflate ad rates and harm market competition.

  • Meta has denied the allegations and stated the issue was previously reported, but has not commented on the newly unsealed court documents detailing the project's methods.

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