Facebook’s $725M settlement | What the Tech?
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (WHAT THE TECH?) — Facebook is now required to pay $725 million out to users, in response to the company sharing their personal data with a consulting firm.
Back in 2018, many Facebook users shared a quiz called “This is your Digital Life”. Everyone taking the quiz shared their information with Cambridge Analytica.
Even if you didn’t take the quiz but your friends did, Facebook shared your information too.
The catch is, Facebook didn’t tell anyone. That’s why Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress. It’s also why Facebook is paying out this settlement.
If you have, or did have a Facebook account, anytime after 2007, you’re entitled to part of the settlement.
You’ll need to submit a claim by going to this website If you deleted an account, just enter the approximate date you created the account and when you deleted it.
How much can you expect to receive? The amount depends on the number of people who file claims. The more people who sign up, the less your amount will be.
The deadline to join the Facebook settlement is August 25. If you don’t want to join the lawsuit, you don’t have to do anything.
In early-September, a judge will hear details about the settlement. Then, claimants will learn how much Facebook will award each of them.
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