The Inquirer-Home

Facebook offers sponsored stories settlement

Will let users apply for a cash payment of up to $10
Tue Oct 09 2012, 10:31
A Facebook logo

SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook has proposed settlement payments in the privacy case involving its Sponsored Stories feature.

A settlement was sort of reached in May, but the terms were not revealed at the time. In August terms were announced and saw the firm suggest that it pay $10m to a charity.

This offer was declined by a judge because it offered no respite, read cash, for Facebook users.

Facebook is looking to remedy this with an offer that will allow users to apply for a $10 payment.

"We believe the revised settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate and responds to the issues raised previously by the court," said a Facebook spokesman.

The lawsuit began in 2011 when five users complained that their images had been used in Facebook's "sponsored stories" without their permission. .

US District Court Judge Lucy Koh agreed with their complaint, saying that sort of thing does not fly under California privacy rules.

"California has long recognised a right to protect one's name and likeness against appropriation by others for their advantage," she wrote. µ


Share this:

blog comments powered by Disqus
Subscribe to INQ newsletters

Sign up for INQbot – a weekly roundup of the best from the INQ

INQ Poll

Microsoft's Windows 10 Preview has permission to watch your every move

Does Microsoft have the right to keylog users of its Windows 10 Technical Preview?