uSocial in trouble again: Facebook investigates

Web promotions company uSocial has come under fire again, this time from Facebook, for trying to “sell” friends to businesses on the social networking site.

uSocial has made a name for itself in recent months, by trying to “sell” followers and votes on social networking sites Digg and Twitter, against the wishes of the sites owners.

Twitter accused the Australian company of “spamming” by offering packages to businesses of between 1,000 and 10,000 followers for a price and issued a shutdown order. The company was also given a Cease & Desist order from Digg after selling votes on the site.

They are now being chased away by Facebook, after the company announced plans to sell Facebook followers to clients, as a basic rate of $197 for 1,000 followers.

Facebook has launched an investigation into the issue and has warned that users who participate could be violating Facebook policies.

“We’re just beginning an investigation now but it’s clear to us that potential customers of their service should be cautious,” a Facebook spokesperson said.

“If we find that Facebook users are violating our policies by participating, their account is at risk of being permanently disabled.”

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