Anyone in the US who has had a Facebook account since May 24, 2007 can now claim their share of a $725 million privacy settlement that parent company Meta has agreed to pay.
Meta is paying to settle a lawsuit alleging that the world’s largest social media platform allowed millions of its users’ personally identifiable information to be shared with Cambridge Analytica, a firm that supported Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
It is not clear how much money individual users will receive. As more people make valid claims, each payment becomes smaller as the money has to be divided among them.
To request the settlement, users can fill out a form and submit it online or print it out and mail it.
The case followed 2018 revelations that Cambridge Analytica, a firm with ties to Trump political strategist Steve Bannon, had paid a Facebook app developer to access the personal data of some 87 million users of the platform. This data was then used to target US voters during the 2016 election campaign that culminated in Trump’s election as the 45th President.
The furor over the revelations led to a contrite Zuckerberg being grilled by US lawmakers, prompting people to delete their Facebook accounts.
Facebook’s growth has stalled as more people connect and chat with competing services like TikTok, but the social network still has more than 2 billion users worldwide, including an estimated 250 million in the US