Featured Articles

KitKat has more than a fifth of Android users

KitKat has more than a fifth of Android users

Android 4.4 is now running on more than a fifth of Android devices, according to Google’s latest figures.

More...
Nvidia introduces five new Quadro cards

Nvidia introduces five new Quadro cards

Nvidia has revamped its Quadro professional graphics line-up with a total of five new cards, two of which are based on…

More...
AMD Tonga XT graphics cards come later

AMD Tonga XT graphics cards come later

According to sources who wish to remain unnamed, we should see an AMD Tonga XT-based graphics card launched sometime in September.

More...
Nvidia Maxwell Geforce 800 comes in September

Nvidia Maxwell Geforce 800 comes in September

Nvidia was always cautious when talking about upcoming Maxwell parts, the first of which was launched back in March and based…

More...
Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool is well known for its gamer cases with aggressive styling. However, the Dead Silence chassis offers consumers a new choice,…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Monday, 18 June 2012 10:50

Facebook pays $10 million to charity

Written by Nick Farrell



Lawsuit settlement


Social notworking site Facebook has paid $10 million to charity to settle a lawsuit that accused the site of violating users' rights to control the use of their own names, photographs and likenesses.

The lawsuit, brought by five Facebook members, alleged the social networking site violated California law by publicising users' "likes" of advertisers on its "Sponsored Stories" feature without paying them or giving them a way to opt out. When a "Sponsored Story" appeared on a member's Facebook page it contained another friend's name, profile picture and a claim that the person "likes" the advertiser.

In the lawsuit, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg was quoted as saying that a trusted referral was the "Holy Grail" of advertising. Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, was also quoted as saying that the value of a "Sponsored Story" advertisement was at least twice and up to three times the value of a standard Facebook.com ad without a friend endorsement.

It was going badly for Facebook when US District Judge Lucy Koh commented that the plaintiffs had shown economic injury could occur through Facebook's use of their names, photographs and likenesses. The settlement arrangement is known as a cy-pres settlement, meaning the settlement funds can go to charity.

Nick Farrell

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments