August 22, 2017

Zango Admits To Placing MySpace Profiles

The company has blamed one of its developers for creating two profiles on networking site MySpace that served to distribute Zango’s adware products.

Zango Didn't Do It
Zango Didn’t Do It

"Don't blame me, I didn't do it!"
-- Krusty the Clown's political philosophy

Zango didn’t do it either, kids. A recent post on TechDirt pointed out the counterclaims made by Zango, once known as 180solutions.

A Zango spokesperson, Steve Stratz, told InformationWeek that the creation of two MySpace profiles designed to promote the downloading of Zango software via playable videos was all just a big mistake:

“Those two test accounts were actually created by one of our developers who was exploring possible opportunities, but he didn’t realize it was Zango business practice not to target MySpace,” said Stratz. “He should not have been doing this, and we want to tell MySpace that we didn’t mean to target them.” The developer, said Stratz, would soon be deleting the profiles.

The developer, it seems, has been “thrown under the bus.” The researcher who discovered the profiles, Chris Boyd, found himself targeted for particular attention from Stratz:

“We know where Boyd and others like him stand, and they know where we stand,” Stratz said.

Boyd replied to that comment with a chuckle:

Well that stings, it really does. I mean, here I am, policing your affiliates – sorry, your employees – with another “accident” that was forgotten about till I went and dug it up, buried-treasure style…Y’aaaar….and then it’s catty comments time!

Boyd then listed several other incidents involving Zango and its practices, before pointing out some inconsistencies with Stratz’s comments to InformationWeek:

Zango have made it clear they’re not responsible for “policing the sharing of their content”, so here we have a major contradiction. On the one hand, they’re saying “please Myspace, don’t be mad. We didn’t mean to break your rules and we agree, our movies should not be on Myspace”.

On the other hand, they’re also saying that “we’re not responsible for policing people pushing our software in this way”, so surely the end result will eventually be….more of these moviefiles on Myspace?

Is it just me, or does this not make sense?

The most important issue to note in all of this is the terms and conditions set down by MySpace when creating a profile. Given the negative publicity MySpace has received in the press over several incidents involving their members, they could see this as an opportunity to generate some positive buzz by hitting Zango with a well-publicized lawsuit for violating the ToS this way.

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