Lawsuit Brought Against Facebook


Facebook is facing a lawsuit concerning claims that it has been selling its user’s private messages on to advertisers without consent.


The complaint has been filed in California by Facebook users Matthew Campbell and Michael Hurley. They are seeking class action status stemming from claims in 2012 that Facebook scans private messages for information, that information is then used to determine how many “likes” a page has and that it “misleads users into believing they have a secure, private mechanism for communication, when in fact Facebook… mines user data and profits from those data by sharing them with third parties.”


At the time of the original lawsuit Facebook stated that “no private information has been exposed”. On the current lawsuit, Facebook said “We believe the allegations are without merit and we will defend ourselves vigorously.”