A judge in San Francisco (California, USA) confirmed that Facebook will pay $ 20 million for using the “like” as well as user names and photos for publicity purposes.
The amount will be distributed among the lawyers, users and advocacy groups for privacy, which had made the demand in 2011.
U.S. District Judge Richard Seebord considered that the amount proposed, although it is lower in the complaint, is satisfactory considering that it was difficult for plaintiffs to prove that they had been penalized financially or your mentions of “likes” did not translate into advertising revenue .
Nearly 150 million users were concerned about the same issue, but the trial judge said that only a few had a formal complaint.
Facebook must also modify their rules and give their users more control over the exploitation potential of their information in the context of advertising.