If Facebook used your likeness in Sponsored Stories, an advertising feature introduced in early 2011, you may be eligible for your share of a $20 million settlement in a class action privacy lawsuit.
Sponsored Stories used either a user's name or profile picture as an endorsement of the product or service in the ad, without the users' consent. You could not opt-out of the feature, which advocacy groups and users considered a violation of privacy. Facebook decided to settle rather than fight the allegations in court.
The settlement that Facebook agreed to in October sets aside $20 million for affected users. If you're one of them, Facebook will pay you up to $10. Here's what you need to do to cash in.
How to Collect the Cash From Facebook
If you were affected by Sponsored Stories, check your inbox and spam filter for an email from Facebook—excerpted below—notifying you of the class action settlement. The emails were sent out the week of January 21, and many people disregarded them as a hoax.