Whenever I receive an email that begins with “RE:…” it goes straight to the Trash, along with similar sounding messages that start, “You have just won [amount of money not in dollars]…” or “2013 Exclusive! Gorgeous girls to date…” Yup, definitely always get rid of the gorgeous girls one, I never try to contact Shaniqua or Rochella, nope.
But last night, I got one that allegedly came from Facebook, something to do with a Legal Notice. Like this:
Turns out, it’s very much real, and you’re entitled to a WHOPPING $10. Maybe. Reports Gizmodo:
In October, Facebook agreed to a settlement about this whole Sponsored Stories issue, wherein they may have used your likeness in a Sponsored Story ad without your permission. The settlement set aside $20 million for you poor, wronged souls, and now Facebook is starting to get ready to pay it out.
How do you know if you’re included? Well, if you got a super-legal-y it-almost-looks-like-a-scam email from Facebook about “LEGAL NOTICE OF SETTLEMENT OF CLASS ACTION,” you’re in. All you have to do is file a claim form online, and you’re signed up for a sweet $10 slice of that pie. Maybe. There is a catch. If too many people claim, and there’s not enough money to go around, the whole chunk of change will go to a non-profit. And as BuzzFeed points out, there are 150 million Facebook users in the US and only $20 million to go around, so that’s more than likely. (Via)
A NON-PROFIT? Hey, Facebook, you didn’t use my photo of me dressed as a Labyrinth-era David Bowie from four years ago in your advertising, but you may have thought about using it, and I’m owed those 10 bones. NOW.