Meta with a $ 3.2 billion class action suit hit after taking advantage of UK Facebook users
A legal expert has teamed up with a lawsuit firm to sue Meta on behalf of 44 million Facebook users in the UK, claiming their data was exploited in breach of competition laws, TechCrunch reported. The company is seeking £ 2.3 billion ($ 3.1 billion) in damages for UK Facebook users.
The lawsuit was filed by competition law expert Dr. Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, and is funded by Innsworth, a law firm that takes cases in exchange for some of the money earned. . He argues that while users do not pay to use Facebook, they are compiling valuable data.
"They make use of users by giving away their personal data without properly compensating them for taking that data," Lovdahl Gormsen said in a statement. think that when consumers click on the terms and conditions, it's perfectly clear how unfair that agreement is. "
She said Facebook has become "the only social network in the UK where you can be sure to connect with friends and family in one place." And even as it locked users into the its ecosystem (which includes WhatsApp and Instagram), it also tracked users across other websites. ”He abused his market dominance to unfair British people empowering them to take advantage of their personal data, "according to Lovdahl Gormsen.
The lawsuit covers the period from October 2015 to December 31, 2019. It is a “pull-out” class action lawsuit, meaning that consumers do not have to take any action. to take damages in the case, unless they decide to withdraw.
"People access our service for free. They choose our services because we deliver value to them and have significant control over the information they share on high quality. Meta platforms and who owns it. We have invested heavily in creating tools that allow them to do so, "said a Meta spokesperson. The Keeper in a statement.
There was already bad news on Facebook this week in the U.S., as a Federal judge said an antitrust suit by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against Facebook could move on. The FTC wants to force Meta to sell Instagram and WhatsApp, accusing it of engaging in "anti-competitive behavior" against competitors.
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