(NewsGlobal.com)- It has been alleged that connections to the official page that explains how to earn payments in a successful class-action lawsuit made against Facebook are being blocked.
The United States District Court for the Northern District of California has given preliminary approval to a settlement agreement between Facebook and class action plaintiffs in the amount of $90 million. The plaintiffs claimed that Facebook tracked their activity even when they were logged out of the service by monitoring non-Facebook websites that displayed the “Like” button.
On the settlement page, it says, “If you are a person who, between April 22, 2010, and September 26, 2011, inclusive, was a Facebook User in the United States who visited non-Facebook websites that displayed the Facebook Like button, you may be eligible for a payment from a Class Action Settlement.” This means that if you visited non-Facebook websites that displayed the Facebook Like button between those dates, you might be eligible for the payment.
It then goes on to detail the steps that must be taken in order to get the Facebook refund.
However, Reclaim The Net claims that Facebook is making it more difficult for people to visit the website within its own platform.
A notification that reads “(#368) The activity tried has been judged abusive or is otherwise forbidden” is displayed to Facebook Messenger users whenever they try to share the link with another person. This prevents users from effectively disseminating information regarding the allegation.
Under its “spam” policy, Facebook is restricting links to the page that may be accessed from desktop computers.
When more people come forward to make a claim, similar privacy claims will receive more support from the general public. The fact that Facebook is suppressing these connections on its platform makes it more difficult to encourage individuals to come forward with claims.
There have been claims leveled against Facebook and other social media platforms for a long time that they track users who are not logged in to their platforms (or who have not even joined up) by using social media sharing buttons.
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