Facebook and Tata Communications Join MAAWG Board of Directors; Will Fight Spam and Online Abuse with Global Industry Organization

By Messaging Anti-abuse Working Group maawg, PRNE
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO, August 19, 2010 - Demonstrating their commitment to work with the international online
industry to protect consumers, Facebook and Tata Communications, a leading
global telecom service provider that is part of India's Tata Group, have
joined the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group at the organization's highest
membership level and will serve on the MAAWG Board of Directors. MAAWG is the
largest global organization targeting spam and other messaging exploits, and
the new members will augment its presence both among social networking
platforms and in emerging countries.

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MAAWG has grown into an industry conduit for bringing together messaging
experts working to curb spam and online abuse from around the world, from all
aspects of the industry, and on all types of devices. Facebook has developers
in over 180 countries and over 500 million users, including 150 million users
actively accessing their accounts through mobile devices. The social media
site will play an active role in MAAWG work, interfacing with other members
to develop industry practices to safeguard end-users.

Tata Communications is a global telecom service provider based in India,
part of the US$70.8 billion Tata Group, and it delivers managed solutions to
global enterprises, service providers and Indian consumers. Along with its
pan-continent network, it has a leadership position in emerging markets and
will share its broad perspective as MAAWG develops best practices and in the
organization's public policies discussions.

"Both Facebook and Tata Communications will be engaging with other
important social media platforms, global ISPs and the diversified
constituents within the industry, to not only make sure the online world is
open and connected, but to also ensure it remains as safe as possible for
consumers," said Michael O'Reirdan, MAAWG Chairman.

Joe Sullivan, Facebook's Chief Security Officer added, "Our deep
commitment to site security requires the development of robust technologies
and active engagement with organizations like MAAWG. We look forward to
collaborating with the entire working group to aggressively fight messaging

The MAAWG 20th General Meeting in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 4-6 will be an
important venue for furthering this work. Attended by messaging and security
specialists, public policy representatives and academic experts, it will
feature professional training sessions open to the industry and multi-track
presentations on global legislation, technology and policies to combat
messaging abuse. The focus will be on participation in public policy and
government initiatives along with ongoing committee work.

About the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG)

The Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) is where the messaging
industry comes together to work against spam, viruses, denial-of-service
attacks and other online exploitation. MAAWG (www.MAAWG.org)
represents over one billion mailboxes from some of the largest network
operators worldwide. It is the only organization addressing messaging abuse
holistically by systematically engaging all aspects of the problem, including
technology, industry collaboration and public policy. MAAWG leverages the
depth and experience of its global membership to tackle abuse on existing
networks and new emerging services. It also works to educate global policy
makers on the technical and operational issues related to online abuse and
messaging. Headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., MAAWG is an open forum
driven by market needs and supported by major network operators and messaging

About Facebook

Founded in February 2004, Facebook's mission is to give people the power
to share and make the world more open and connected. Anyone can sign up for
Facebook and interact with the people they know in a trusted environment.
Facebook is a privately held company and is headquartered in Palo Alto,

About Tata Communications

Tata Communications is a leading global provider of a new world of
communications. With a leadership position in emerging markets, Tata
Communications leverages its advanced solutions capabilities and domain
expertise across its global and pan-India network to deliver managed
solutions to multi-national enterprises, service providers and Indian
consumers. The Tata Global Network includes one of the most advanced and
largest submarine cable networks, a Tier-1 IP network, with connectivity to
more than 200 countries across 400 PoPs, and nearly 1 million square feet of
data center and collocation space worldwide.

Tata Communications' depth and breadth of reach in emerging markets
includes leadership in Indian enterprise data services, leadership in global
international voice, and strategic investments in operators in South Africa
(Neotel), Sri Lanka (Tata Communications Lanka Limited) and Nepal (United
Telecom Limited). Tata Communications Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock
Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India and its ADRs are listed on
the New York Stock Exchange. (NYSE: TCL) www.tatacommunications.com.

Media Contact: Linda Marcus, APR, +1-714-974-6356, LMarcus@astra.cc,
Astra Communications

MAAWG Board of Directors: AOL; AT&T (NYSE: T); Cloudmark, Inc.; Comcast
(Nasdaq: CMCSA); Cox Communications; Eloqua; Facebook; France Telecom (NYSE
and Euronext: FTE); Goodmail Systems; Openwave Systems (Nasdaq: OPWV); Tata
Communications (NYSE: TCL); Time Warner Cable; Verizon Communications; and
Yahoo! Inc.

MAAWG Full Members: 1&1 Internet AG; Apple Inc.; Bizanga LTD; Cisco
Systems, Inc.; Constant Contact (Nasdaq: CTCT); e-Dialog; Edatis; Experian
CheetahMail; Genius.com; Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ Nasdaq: IIJI); McAfee
Inc.; PayPal; Return Path, Inc.; Spamhaus; Sprint; Symantec; YouSendIt; and
Zynga, Inc.

A complete member list is available at www.maawg.org/about/roster.

Linda Marcus, APR, Astra Communications, +1-714-974-6356, LMarcus at astra.cc

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