Facebook users sue company for $15 billion

Subscribers claim their privacy was violated

It’s been a week of ups and downs—mostly ups—for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. On Friday, the social network company started publicly trading with a market close that valued the one-time startup at $104 billion. And then the very next day, Zuckerberg married his longtime girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, in a secret ceremony they told their family and friends would be a party to celebrate Chan’s medical school graduation.

But only days before these monumental events, Facebook was slapped with a $15 billion lawsuit by some subscribers who claim the company violated their privacy. In a complaint filed last week, the Facebook users claim the company improperly tracked their Internet usage even after they had logged out of their accounts. Twenty-one cases with similar claims have been consolidated before a federal court in California, and the suit represents users who subscribed to Facebook between May 2010 and September 2011.


Cathleen Flahardy

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