Facebook lawsuit now urges users to claim their settlement for the company’s mishandling of their data
If you have a Facebook account and used it between May 2007 and December 2022, you may be eligible to receive a payout from a $725 million Facebook lawsuit settlement. Meta, Facebook's parent company, is paying out the settlement money to end a lawsuit that claimed the firm enabled Cambridge Analytica to steal user data.
In 2018, Facebook revealed that the data of 87 million users was unlawfully shared with Cambridge Analytica, prompting the lawsuit.
Read on to find out about the Facebook lawsuit and controversy and how you can apply for a claim.
The Cambridge Analytica Facebook lawsuit
The British political firm Cambridge Analytica was hired by Donald Trump for his electoral campaign and Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas. According to reports from this year, Cambridge Analytica paid Facebook engineers to access user data that was then used to influence the 2016 election. U.S. Congress lawmakers questioned Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, after the controversy broke, accusing Facebook of not doing more to secure user data.
Zuckerberg was pushed to go before Congress and publish full-page advertisements in which he expressed regret for the errors. Social networking giant Facebook changed its name to Meta in 2021 and resolved the class action lawsuit in 2022.
How to file a claim
To file a claim, Facebook users need just visit Facebookuserprivacysettlement.com, where they will be asked to provide their personal information and attest that they were a U.S. resident who used Facebook within the specified periods. Enter your full name, mailing address, phone number(s), email address(es), Facebook username(s), and billing information into the form.
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