Meta hit with $3.2 billion class action suit over alleged exploitation of UK Facebook users
A legal expert has teamed with a litigation firm to sue Meta on behalf of 44 million Facebook users in the UK, claiming that they had their data exploited in violation of competition laws, TechCrunch has reported. The firm is seeking £2.3 billion ($3.1 billion) in damages for UK Facebook users.
The lawsuit was filed by competition law specialist Dr. Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, and is being funded by Innsworth, a law firm that takes on cases in exchange for a share of damages won. It claims that even though users don’t pay to use Facebook, they surrender data that has considerable value.
“They are exploiting users by taking their personal data without properly compensating them for taking that data,” Lovdahl Gormsen said in a statement. “I don’t think the users are entirely clear when they click on the terms and conditions how unfair that deal is.”
She added that Facebook has become “the sole social network in the UK where you could be sure to connect with friends and family in one place.” And even as it locked users into its ecosystem (which includes WhatsApp and Instagram), it was tracking users across other websites as well. “It abused its market dominance …read more