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Comment: Facebook, LinkedIn battle growing army of scrapers pecking away at user data

By Mike Swift
  • 23 Nov 2020 17:40
  • 23 Nov 2020 20:16
Facebook and LinkedIn are among the online platforms resorting to federal court litigation to battle automated web scraping, the growing business where automated bots harvest and analyze large amounts of data available from web platforms.
Late last week, Facebook sued in a US federal court to stop unauthorized scraping allegedly

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Mike Swift

Chief Global Digital Risk Correspondent

Mike Swift is an award-winning journalist who has been at the forefront of covering data, privacy and cybersecurity regulatory news for more than a decade. As the Chief Global Digital Risk Correspondent for MLex, in addition to reporting, he coordinates MLex’s worldwide coverage in the practice area. Formerly chief Internet reporter for the San Jose Mercury News and, Mike has covered Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Twitter and other tech companies and has closely tracked technology and regulatory trends in Silicon Valley. He has wide ranging expertise from the business of professional sports to computer-assisted reporting. A former John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, he is a graduate of Colby College.

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