It is a court victory for Facebook. A court ruling against an alleged spammer is, in theory, worth hundreds of millions:

“Facebook has a won $873 million judgment (sic) against a Canadian man who bombarded the popular online hangout with sexually explicit “spam” messages.

The victory, sealed with a judge’s order issued last Friday, probably won’t yield a windfall for privately held Facebook Inc., whose revenue this year is expected to range between $250 million to $300 million.”

link: Facebook wins $873M suit against spammer

In fact, though, Facebook may not see any funds from the judgement. It is supposedly a warning legal salvo against other spammers. Of course, the opposite messages might be delivered. Spammer may realize that, even if identified and found responsible by a court of law, legal consequences are difficult to deliver across international borders.

Catherine Forsythe