Facebook Owes You Money

Did you get an email encouraging you to be part of a Facebook lawsuit? So did everyone else.

You may have received an email describing that Facebook is the subject of a class action lawsuit over Sponsored Stories permissions. Like all mass emails regarding a lawsuit against a major company, this email provides you with several options, and listing yourself as a complainant might get you a little bit of money. In the case of the latest Facebook lawsuit, all of the complainants will be entitled to a sum of … $10.

Business Insider reports that Facebook got caught red-handed uses people’s likenesses without express permission for Sponsored Stories. If you’re a Facebook user whose likeness has been used in this regard, you can claim a piece of a $20 million pie, but because so many people’s likenesses were used without permission, that pie divides up into the price of lunch tomorrow afternoon if you elect to participate.

The class action lawsuit alleged that Facebook didn’t have the legal right to use members’ likenesses in Sponsored Stories Posts. uzzfeed reports that while Facebook obviously disagreed, they decided to settle out of court for the sum of $20 million rather than risk litigation.

If you’re eligible, you will have received an email titled “LEGAL NOTICE OF SETTLEMENT OF CLASS ACTION” written in dense legal jargon.


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