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Meta sued for £2.3bn over claim Facebook users in UK were exploited

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Meta sued for £2.3bn over claim Facebook users in UK were exploited


@Dave3of5 9 days

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Hmmm seems low but how likely is this to actually go against FB. Seems they have many of these lawsuits against them and they always manage to wriggle out of them.

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@civilized 9 days

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I get that Meta/FB is the company/service everyone loves to hate these days, but come on, hate it for the right reason: the product sucks and makes you a worse human being. It's like a drug.

Suing them for a small fraction of their profits based on fashionable but flimsy legal theories is boring, and the outcome is always the same.

Designating social media as a Controlled Substance would be insane, but it'd at least be apropos.

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@ectopod 9 days

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In the unlikely event this succeeds you'll need to provide address or bank details to someone (most likely Facebook) in order to get paid. No thank you.

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@eterevsky 9 days

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It sounds extremely far-fetched. First of all, it's difficult to put a price on the user data. And even if you do by looking at how much money it's possible to earn via targeted advertising, you'll probably end up with a relatively low number, perhaps on the order of $10 per month.

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@kryogen1c 9 days

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> A Meta spokesperson said: “People access our service for free. They choose our services because we deliver value for them and they have meaningful control of what information they share on Meta’s platforms and who with

LOL. lawyer speak statement of the century. you could always just kill yourself - you have definite and permanent control of your data.

i am the last generation. i grew up outside but got a computer and cell phone in my teenage years. it truly saddens me that people think social media is a requirement for living. just dont do it, and dont let your kids do it.

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@kmetan 9 days

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If I count this correctly, the damage is 0.9 £ per person per month. So this is what the claimant thinks should be an average and fair monthly compensation for being a FB user for that time.

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@collaborative 9 days

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I think the issue is the amount of personal data users give to FB. It's one thing to accept a user agreement on a set of data (name, age, etc) but a different one to put your personal life under their microscope and let them monetize it via ads

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@civilized 9 days

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To put things into perspective: this is about one month of net income (profit) for Meta.

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@iqanq 9 days

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I sign up to Facebook, which costs them money (storage costs, network traffic, CPU, etc) and in exchange they make money off me by showing me ads. How is that unfair? It would be like saying it is unfair that meat I buy in the supermarket costs the supermarket less than they charge me.

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@simonh 9 days

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I think there's a tradeoff we make when using these services for free, that they are monetising it in certain ways. I think the value I get back from Google in Gmail, Docs, Youtube and a few other services is sufficient that I'm willing to accept a certain amount of monetisation on their part, though I use ad blockers. With facebook I think the value is lower so I barely use my Facebook account and stay logged out of it most of the time.

I don't really see the merit of this case though. They're not alleging that facebook broke any data protection laws, for the purposes of this case, just that users 'aren't properly compensated'. I'm not sure how you'd determine that though, a lot of people use Facebook heavily, and presumably they value the service. Is it really up to a court to decide how much they value it?

Users would get £50 each from this case, presumably for many years of use to this point on average, so this would be a few pence per week of their usage. If the lawyers bringing the case think that's all the user data is worth, that seems a small price to pay for most users of the service. It just doesn't add up.

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@naomeux 9 days

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You can't expect to use their products for free without expecting for any some kind of return, right?

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@WhyNotHugo 9 days

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That sounds like a lot of money, but that's just £52.27 per person. Not really much money when you put it into perspective.

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@theginger 9 days

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I don't know how this law firm acquired it's right to represent every Facebook user in the UK, I had a choice to sign up to Facebook, all be it personally a begrudging one it was at least a choice. I seem to have no choice about this company suiting meta claiming to be on my behalf.

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