A class action lawsuit was filed against Meta Platforms Inc., formerly known as Facebook, by Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. The allegation allege the company did not take action in anti-Rohingya hate speech which contributed to violence. The lawsuit claims the posts were tolerated on Facebook which violated the policy of hate speech against ethnic groups. The suit was filed in California and England.

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A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of older workers who seek to sue a defendant class of all employers and employment agencies who use Facebooks’ ad placement tools to direct ads to younger workers to the exclusion of older workers. The Communication Workers Union and other plaintiffs allege that employers that do this are engaging in disparate treatment. Continue reading “Job Seekers File Class Action Against a Class of Employers Who Use Facebook Ad Placement Tools”

Facebook has been sued in a California federal court by a Facebook user. The plaintiff seeks to get the case certified as a class action.

Continue reading “Facebook user files class action against Facebook”

Shareholders of Facebook stock sued the social media giant alleging that Facebook made misleading claims about its use of user data, which blew up this month when its alleged relationship to a Trump-linked data firm was made public.

Continue reading “Securities class action filed against Facebook relating to data provided to Cambridge Analytica”

A settlement of a class action against Facebook was preliminarily approved on February 26, 2018. The deal was reached to a securities fraud suit that had been certified as a class action.

Continue reading “Securities fraud class action against Facebook settled for $35 million”

A proposed class action complaint filed in California federal court on December 20, 2017, alleges that T-Mobile, Amazon, and hundreds of other companies are discriminating against older workers by limiting the audience for their Facebook advertisements to only reach younger users.

Continue reading “Advertising age discrimination class action filed against T-Mobile, Amazon, and many others”

LikeFacebook, Inc., the largest online social network in the world, has been sued in a privacy class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

Continue reading “Facebook named in another privacy class action”

LikeIn a proposed class action lawsuit filed in San Francisco federal court recently, a California Instagram user leveled breach of contract and other claims against the company.  Instagram, which allows people to add filters and effects to photos and share them easily on the Internet, was acquired by Facebook last year for $715 million.

In announcing revised terms of service last week, Instagram spurred suspicions that it would sell user photos without compensation. It also announced a mandatory arbitration clause, forcing users to waive their rights to participate in a class action lawsuit except under very limited circumstances.  The current terms of service, in effect through mid-January, contain no such liability shield. Continue reading “Instagram sued in class action over change in terms”

U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg in California rejected a settlement in August over Facebook’s ‘Sponsored Stories’ advertising feature, questioning why it did not award money to Facebook users for using their personal information.

But in a ruling handed down Monday, Seeborg said a revised settlement “falls within the range of possible approval as fair, reasonable and adequate.”  Continue reading “Judge grants preliminary approval to second attempt by Facebook to settle privacy class action”

Facebook, Inc. has proposed a revised $20 million settlement in a class action lawsuit accusing it of violating the rights of users through its “Sponsored Stories” advertising feature after a U.S. judge rejected an earlier accord.

The new settlement agreement, filed in early October, in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, drops provisions setting aside up to $10 million to be given to charity and allows users to apply for a cash payment of up to $10 each. Continue reading “Facebook proposes new settlement in sponsored story class action”

A settlement in a recent Facebook class action lawsuit means users will soon have the option to back out of ads that show their pictures and name next to “sponsored” advertisements on the social networking pages of their friends. The decision comes after users claimed Facebook was using their images without first obtaining proper permission.

Under the new rules, analysts believe Facebook is set to lose upwards of $100 million in lost revenue. Continue reading “Facebook settles class action by allowing users to avoid having their photos appear in advertisements”

On May 28, 2012, seven additional securities fraud class actions were filed against Facebook.  The cases were filed in New York and in California.

The complaints allege that only large institutional investors were informed of reduced revenue estimates during the roadshow.  The Facebook IPO went public on May 18, 2012 at $38 per share, and only a few minutes later reached a high of $45 per share.  The complaints allege that on May 22, 2012, as reports of the materially lowered revenue estimates filtered out to the public through Reuters and other media outlets, the price of Facebook shares declined to close at only $31 per share. Continue reading “Facebook faces seven more class actions”

On May 23, 2012, investors filed a federal class action against Facebook, saying the company shared crucial information with preferred investors before the company’s already contentious Initial Public Offering.

The class claims that Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg and the banks that underwrote the company’s IPO downgraded earnings expectations before the offering, but shared the bad news only with “certain preferred investors,” and omitted it from the registration statement and prospectus. Continue reading “Investors file securities fraud class action against Facebook”

A federal judge has allowed a class action to proceed against Facebook.  The complaint alleges that Facebook co-opts users as unpaid spokesmen for paid advertising and illegally profits when users sponsor products through “likes”.

The complaint alleges that Facebook violates California and federal laws with its “Sponsored Stories” feature, which uses the names, photos and other profile information of its members in sponsored advertisements.  The stories are triggered when members “like” a product or service, and the plaintiffs believe they are entitled to compensation under California law. Continue reading “Court allows class action against Facebook Inc. to proceed”

Over a dozen class actions have been filed against Facebook alleging that Facebook violated the federal wiretap act when it tracked internet use by individuals with Facebook accounts even when those individuals were not logged in to Facebook.

A class-action lawsuit was filed in November in a federal court in San Francisco accusing FarmVille creator Zynga of “illegally sharing the Facebook user data of its customers with advertisers and data brokers.”  The lawsuit alleges Zynga violated federal law and its contract with Facebook by sharing the user data of players on games such as FarmVille.  The lawsuit seeks “monetary relief” for those affected as well as an injunction to “prevent continued privacy abuses”. Continue reading “FarmVille creator Zynga sued in class action for illegally sharing Facebook user data”