It’s always nice to get money for free, right? What if I told you that you could get 10 dollars from Facebook itself? No, this isn’t a joke. and not a Facebook scam. I know that it’s not enough to buy the latest gadgets, but you’d still be able to buy beer for you and your friends. So, if you received any legal notice on behalf of Facebook, then you might be one of the lucky ones.

Apparently, a class action lawsuit (in plain English – this is when a group of people sue a certain company/person or defend it) was settled for $20 million, which is a lot of money, even for Facebook. You too can earn $10 from Facebook, but you need to hurry, as the deadline is on May 2.

Facebook owes us a small lunch

Facebook doesn’t want to go in court with this lawsuit and has offered $20 million to close it which means it could go bad for Facebook if it reaches the court. Zuckerberg and his team are in luck since the legal authorities have allowed Facebook to start paying the affected parties. And who exactly are those affected parties? Well, it could be you and me, IF we have been featured in a sponsored story before 3 December, 2012. Below is the legal statement – that you can also find here – that some users have already received:


Why all this mess started? Well, as BuzzFeed puts it:

The class action alleged that Facebook didn’t have the legal right to use members’ likenesses in Sponsored Posts. Facebook disagreed, obviously, but rather than risk litigation, decided to settle.

A simple math tells us that only 2 million users will be able to cash in the $10. If you’re lucky enough to be selected to get this little present, you will have to fill out a form on the FraleyFacebookSettlement website (shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes). But most likely, users from the United States are much more chances of getting selected.

This event highlights even more the importance of our online privacy  If you want to protect on such websites as Facebook, you should have a look at PrivacyFix. The fact that Facebook can be “put to order” is a great thing, it shows that users still have the power in their hands. We might not feel it straight away, but we are their main source of income, we are their products that they sell to advertising companies. And if we give them our membership, they should respect our rights, even if it all happens in a environment that we can’t touch.

Note: The emails are being sent from the ID legalnotice@facebookmail.com, but there are great chances of scamsters spoofing the email id, so beware!

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