Facebook Settles Lawsuit, Will Pay $10 Million To Charity

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Facebook is settling a lawsuit brought upon the social network giant for $10 million. The settlement was reached last month but made public this weekend.

Facebook declined to comment on Saturday.

Reuters reports that the five victims¬†alleged Facebook violated California law by publicizing their “likes” of certain advertisers on its “Sponsored Stories” feature without paying them or giving them a way to opt out, the documents said.

Facebook’s “Sponsored Story” is an advertisement that appears on a member’s Facebook page and shows another friend’s name, profile picture and that the person “likes” a particular advertiser.

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh said the plaintiffs had shown economic injury could occur through Facebook’s use of their names, photographs and likenesses.

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