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Facebook will pay $10 million to charity to settle suit

Case centered on users’ rights to control accounts

Facebook Inc. has agreed to fork over $10 million to charity to settle a suit involving its users’ rights to control certain aspects of their accounts, specifically their names, photographs and likenesses.

Five Facebook users brought the lawsuit, claiming the site violated California law when it publicized their “likes” of advertisers on Facebook’s “Sponsored Stories” section without offering them compensation or an opt-out. The “Sponsored Story” section shows up on Facebook users’ main pages, and displays advertisers and names of friends who “like” them, as well as their profile pictures.


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