On Tuesday, eight employees from the Israel-based security business, NSOGroup, submitted a suit against Facebook in the Tel Aviv district court for obstructing their accounts. The company said this was an independent action and it doesn’t concern its ongoing tussle with the social media giant concerning Pegasus spyware used to make use of WhatsApp.
According to the lawsuit, on October 29, the social network obstructed 100 Facebook and Instagram accounts. Many among them came from existing and former staff members of NSO Group and their member of the family.
A declaration released by agents of these workers said Facebook’s action is damaging and unjustified.
Blocking our personal accounts is a damaging and unjust step of Facebook against us. In addition, the knowledge that our individual info was browsed and used bothers us really much. We are happy to be staff members of NSO, an Israeli company of values, countless people around the world owe their lives to our technology, our company believe in the justice of our way and shall continue to act to assist federal governments throughout the world to prevent criminal offense and terror through the innovation that we establish.
It also noted they submitted the case just after connecting to Facebook several times and getting no action.
In response, Facebook said in a statement due to the fact that of its continuous match against the NSO Group it had disabled “appropriate accounts” for “security reasons, including preventing additional attacks.”
In spite of ongoing legal battles and various accusations, the Israel-based security company has maintained the position that its software is sold only to the authorized government to conserve lives. Nevertheless, the business has refused to spill any details on who are its clients or how the software is utilized. So, this defense is murky at finest.