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Here’s something you’ll hit the “Like” button for: If you were among the 600 million Facebook users in 2010 – 2011, you’re owed money in a $90 million Facebook settlement.
Users of the massive social media platform banded together and filed a class action lawsuit, claiming that Facebook tracks cookie data and can link a person’s web browsing to their identity via their Facebook profile.
This isn’t the first time Facebook had to shell out money to users in the past couple of years. In 2021 they settled for $650 million in an Illinois biometric lawsuit where Facebook users alleged that the platform violated policy by using facial recognition data to automatically recognize users in uploaded pictures and videos.
So how much can you get from this latest Facebook class action settlement? When will you get paid? Is there even more money coming your way? (Hint: There is). We answer all the essential questions:
Why was there a Facebook class action settlement?
Facebook’s parent company, Meta, has been accused of tracking Facebook users’ activity on non-Facebook websites that had embedded FB’s “Like” button.
The plaintiffs claimed that Facebook tracked used Like button plug-ins on a third-party website to track users’ web browsing history and link it to their identity via the information on their Facebook profile, even if a user didn’t click the Like button. In other words, Facebook tracked what sites you were on if the site had the Like button.
How much was the Facebook settlement for?
Meta admitted no wrongdoing in the suit, but they settled for $90 million in June 2022. Facebook also had to delete all cookie data that was collected via the Like button on non-Facebook websites from April 22, 2010 through Sept. 26, 2011 as part of the settlement.
How do I know if I qualify for the Facebook settlement?
If you had a Facebook account from April 26, 2010, through Sept. 26, 2011, you probably qualify for this settlement.
You can claim payment if you’ve ever visited a non-Facebook website with a Facebook Like button. You’re still included in the settlement even if you didn’t interact with the Like button.
How much will I get paid?
We don’t know the exact payment amount people will get right now. It depends on how many people file a claim.
In May 2022, 1.4 million Illinois residents received $397 payments in another Facebook settlement.
You probably won’t get that big of a payout since this is a national settlement, and it’s quite a bit less than the one in Illinois.
We’ll keep you posted as soon as we know the official amount.
How do I claim money from the Facebook settlement?
You only have a few weeks to make a claim; the deadline is Sept. 22, 2022, so you’ll want to do it ASAP.
To make a claim, fill it out online:
- Enter your Notice ID and confirmation code if you received one via email or mail. (You can still fill the form out if you didn’t get an ID or code.)
- Enter your name, address, phone number, and email used for your Facebook account.
- Pick “yes” or “no” if you lived in the U.S. from April 22, 2010, to Sept. 26, 2011, and if you had a Facebook account.
- Enter the URL or username of your Facebook account at that time.
How will I get paid by Facebook — and when?
Assuming the settlement gets final approval on Oct. 27, 2022, the official claim website says you’ll get payments “as soon as possible” after that.
For most settlements, claimants get payments within three months after final approval, so if you qualify, expect payment during the winter holiday season.
When you file your claim, you can choose from a few payment options: prepaid Mastercard, Paypal, Venmo, Direct Deposit, or Zelle.
There’s another $37.5 million Facebook settlement in the works — more money for you.
It looks like this isn’t the greatest year for Facebook; they just paid out ANOTHER settlement. That means there’s most likely more payments on the way for most Facebook users.
Users allege that Facebook tracked users’ location and data even if your location tracker setting for Facebook was turned off.
The plaintiffs said this violates Facebook’s privacy policies, and although Facebook didn’t admit to any of the claims, they did agree to settle for $37.5 million.
There’s no word how much payments will be, but if you’ve had a Facebook account since 2015, you’re eligible for the money.
There’s no official settlement website to make a claim, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated. In the meantime, see if you qualify for any of these 2022 class action settlements, and see if you’re eligible for this massive Capital One settlement.