Meta has agreed to pay out $725 million to Facebook users to settle a class action lawsuit concerning user privacy.
If you were using Facebook sometime between May 24, 2007, and December 22, 20022, then Facebook likely owes you some money.
Meta has faced many lawsuits over the years. And many of those were about privacy, and how user data was made accessible to third parties without prior consent. Well, all these lawsuits were consolidated into a class-action lawsuit against Facebook for allegedly allowing unauthorized access to users’ and users’ friends’ data too, as well as not “sufficiently monitoring” or enforcing its rules on third parties who had access to user data.
Today Meta has agreed to settle. In doing so, the company admits to no wrongdoing but agrees, as part of the settlement, to pay out a total of $725 million to affected users. And if you were using Facebook sometime between May 24, 2007, and December 22, 20022 (which is literally almost everyone on Facebook today,) then you could be in for some free money.
Note that the total amount of $725 million also covers various legal and administrative fees, so the total payout to users will be considerably less. Finally, the amount each user will receive will ultimately also depend on how many people submit an eligible claim.
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