If you are a current or former Facebook user, here’s how to get started.
Who qualifies to get a payment?
Anyone who used Facebook between May 24, 2007, and Dec. 22, 2022, can submit a claim, even if you no longer have a Facebook account. Political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica was accused of improperly using a quiz app on the social media site to access the personal data of 87 million Facebook users without their consent.
How do I get my money from the Facebook settlement?
You have to submit a claim to get any money back. If you don’t submit one, you won’t get a payment. You also will not be able to sue Facebook on your own for the same privacy violation, if that was something you were considering.
To start the process, you’ll fill out a simple form. You can mail in a printed version or do it online at facebookuserprivacysettlement.com.
You’ll need some key information, including an email address, phone number or username or user ID to confirm your account. The form also asks you to share payment information so you can receive the payout. If you no longer have your account, you can note the years it was active to the best of your recollection. You may be able to find your old sign-up and cancellation emails to find the right dates.
If you’ve had multiple Facebook accounts over the years, you can file a claim for only one of them. Use whichever you had open the longest.
When do I need to file a claim?
You have until Aug. 25, 2023. If you want to opt out of the settlement, you have until July 25.
How much money can I get from the Facebook lawsuit?
There’s no set payout amount per user, but don’t expect a windfall. The final checks will depend on a number of factors, including how many people fill out a claim form.
The biggest payout from the settlement will go to legal fees for the lawyers behind it. They can claim up to 25 percent of the $725 million, or a little over $180 million. There are eight named plaintiffs in the case, and they could receive up to $15,000 each. The rest of the pool will be divided up between affected Facebook users.
When will I actually get paid?
Don’t make any big plans for your money yet. The final hearing to approve the settlement doesn’t happen until September. Even if approved, there could be bureaucratic and legal delays such as appeals.