Facebook has settled a lawsuit involving around 650,000 users of its website, which was originally filed back in 2012.
The suit claimed that Facebook illegally used users’ “likes” in Sponsored Stories without notification or compensation. Facebook originally offers a $20 million settlement, but this was rejected by a judge due to Facebook stating that the money should be used to pay legal fees and the rest donated to various charities.
Now Facebook has said that it will pay 615,000 users a whopping $15 each in compensation in the suit, amounting to a cool $9.75 million in total. But the settlement is far from fair, given that Facebook targeted close to 150 million users instead during its Sponsored Storeis campaign. The 615,000 users in question only include those who responded to an email from Facebook earlier this year.
The final settlement is set to be at around $20 million, but this pales in comparison to the estimate $73 million that Facebook earned from running those Sponsored Stories.