Recently, many Facebook users received an email message coming from people claiming to be Facebook’s legal department. If you receive this email, your first instinct will probably tell you that this email is spam, and that you should delete it. In most cases that would be a good assumption, but in this case it is actually the real deal, however it only applies if you are in the United States.
If you get an email from firstname.lastname@example.org talking about a settlement, and you actually want to go through the process to get a share of the money from this class action lawsuit, don’t just delete the email. To get more information on the lawsuit, visit fraleyfacebooksettlement.com.
The lawsuit is about Facebook using photos in sponsored ads without user permission. Many Facebook users were up in arms over the ads, and it appears that Facebook soon realized it was in the wrong. The social media giant quickly agreed to a $20 million settlement on this case without going to court.
There is a small catch with the lawsuit, and that is if too many people claim on it and it becomes “economically infeasible to pay money to persons who make a timely and valid claim” the money will be given to a not-for-profit organization on the settlement website. Essentially, if too many people file a claim, no one gets paid, but at least a good cause gets the money.
If individuals actually do get paid, the amount will be up to $10, but that of course will depend on the number of people who sign up. The deadline to submit a claim is May 2 of this year.