Judge scrutinises Facebook deal to end privacy lawsuit over ads
SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - Child rights advocates tried to convince a United States (US) judge on Friday that a Facebook legal settlement did not go far enough to keep content created by minors out of the hands of advertisers.
Five plaintiffs filed a proposed class action against Facebook in 2011, saying the social networking giant's "Sponsored Stories" program shared user's "likes" of certain advertisers without paying them or allowing them to opt out.
The case has highlighted tension between privacy concerns and Facebook's drive to monetise user content.
Under the terms of a proposed settlement, Facebook will pay US$20 million (S$25.4 million) to compensate class members, and promised to give users more control over how their content is shared - changes which plaintiff lawyers estimate to be worth up to US$145 million.