Facebook is finally distributing some wealth back to its users – but only because it is being forced to. Facebook users, whose names and photographs were displayed on the “wall” of their “friends” without their consent when “liking” advertised products, may now be eligible to receive as much as $10 each as part of the settlement of a class action, Fraley v. Facebook, Inc. A federal judge has given preliminary approval to Facebook’s attempt to settle the lawsuit, which alleges that the company violated users’ privacy rights by using their names and images in Facebook’s “Sponsored Stories” ad program. The judge still has to grant final approval for the $20 million settlement to go forward.
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