Facebook Sponsored Story

Class Eligibility: The settlement covers Facebook users (and their children) whose name of photo have been used as part of a facebook sponsored story before December 3, 2012. (see below for an example)
facebook sponsored posts example
Estimated Amount: $10
The settlement fund is capped at $20 million. If the fund is oversubscribed, then the amount or the payments will be reduced.
Proof of Purchase: NOT required.
Affected people should have received an email or a letter in the mail notifying them of being affected by the settlement. Note that you can participate if you were affected, even if you don’t have the notice.
Claim Form: Facebook Settlement Electronic Claim Form
Facebook Settlement Paper Claim Form
Case Name: Fraley et. al. v. Facebook Inc., et al., Case No. CV 11-01726 LHK PSG
Case Summary:

Facebook is accused of used members names and photos without their consent as part of Sponsored Stories to sell advertisers products. Facebook denies the claim, but settled the issue before it was adjudicated.

Settlement Pool: $20,000,000 (maximum)
Settlement Website: Facebook Sponsored Post Settlement
Claim Form Deadline: May 2, 2013
Claims Administrator: Fraley v. Facebook, Inc. Settlement
c/o GCG
P.O. Box 35009
Seattle, WA 98124-1009


2 Responses to Facebook Sponsored Story

  1. How do you know if your picture or name was in a sponsored story.

    ADMIN – Hi Julianna,

    That is a good question. Usually when your name or image is used in conjunction with a sponsored story, it is only displayed to other people and not to the original user. Facebook has attempted to contact people that it knows were affected via email or snail mail.

    The settlement form asks for your facebook ID, so I presume that the administrators have a way of determining if your claim

    I reached out to the administrators of the settlement with your question but have not yet heard back. I will update you when I get an answer.

  2. I received this in my email yesterday I thought it was some kind of scam . It is real right? Thanks Lori

    ADMIN – Hi Lori,

    Facebook has indeed been sending out the settlement emails over the last few weeks. Check that the link address in the email matches the URL listed above and you will get to the real site.

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