The company has blamed one of its developers for creating two profiles on networking site MySpace that served to distribute Zango’s adware products.
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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:
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:
Boyd replied to that comment with a chuckle:
Boyd then listed several other incidents involving Zango and its practices, before pointing out some inconsistencies with Stratz’s comments to InformationWeek:
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.