Have you received a somewhat suspicious e-mail claiming to be from “legalnotice” at facebookmail.com? Turns out, it is indeed a legitimate legal notice from the folks at Facebook.com, detailing a pending class action lawsuit and notice of a proposed settlement. The lawsuit known as ‘Angel Fraley V. Facebook’ is related to Facebook’s practice of posting a users’ pictures as part of ads known as “Sponsored Stories” without their permission, and generally without their knowledge.
If you were suspicious of the e-mail, you’re not alone. With so many e-mail phishing scams hitting our in-boxes every week, it can be tough to tell what’s real and what’s not.
But this one is legit and might be worth your attention. We say “might” because the $20 million that Facebook has been ordered to pay out would yield each claimant participating in the class action just $10, at best.
Is it worth the five minutes to fill out the form and become part of the suit? Perhaps. Although many people won’t bother, many others may do it for the joy of possibly getting a $10 check from Facebook and that feeling of ‘sending a message’ to Facebook that privacy is important and our images are and should be our own.
The reason the $10 pay-out to each claimant isn’t guaranteed is explained in the e-mail from Facebook:
“The amount, if any, paid to each claimant depends upon the number of claims made and other factors detailed in the Settlement. No one knows in advance how much each claimant will receive, or whether any money will be paid directly to claimants. If the number of claims made renders it economically infeasible to pay money to persons who make a timely and valid claim, payment will be made to the not-for-profit organizations identified on the Settlement website.”
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