Montreal man ordered to pay $1 billion to Facebook

Spammer sent more than 4 million emails to users of the social networking site

Quebec’s Superior Court has ordered a Montreal man to pay Facebook more than $1 billion in damages for spamming the social networking site. In all, Adam Guerbuez will have to pay the website’s owners US$1,068,928,721.46, which works out to nearly $250 for each of the 4,366,386 spam messages Guerbuez sent Facebook users in 2008. Though Guerbuez pleaded guilty and didn’t offer a defence, his lawyers have already indicated they plan to appeal the damage claim, which they say was “disproportionate.”

Montreal Gazette