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Facebook demands Andrew Forrest hand over documents in clickbait scam battle




Facebook’s parent company Meta has issued a summons for billionaire Andrew Forrest to hand over sensitive documents amid a legal battle over an alleged Cryptocurrency clickbait advertising scam.

Lawyers for the tech giant took the unusual step of issuing a summons to demand 20 categories of documents, alleging the mining magnate’s lawyers had failed to hand over papers relevant to the legal battle.

The documents include some of Dr Forrest’s personal emails and communication about overseas litigation funding for the case he has launched against the social media platform in the US.

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Meta also wants a copy of a draft letter sent by prosecutors to the Commonwealth attorney-general, a document that West Australia’s Magistrates Court heard was privileged.

Prosecutors allege Meta was criminally reckless in allowing bogus advertisements for a cryptocurrency investment scheme using Dr Forrest’s image to appear on its site.