As one of the early proponents of social media, I am a fan of the model. I believe that social sites bring connection to the isolated nature of sitting in front of a computer.
Sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest have helped millions to connect with others around the world in ways we never before dreamed possible.
But that's not to say that all social media is good. There is most certainly a dark side.
There are boundaries that should be put in place... lines that should not be crossed... privacy issues that should not be violated.
When those boundaries are breached, those lines are crossed and your privacy is violated, there is only one thing left to do...
Well, my friends. A boundary HAS been breached. A line HAS been crossed. Privacy HAS been violated.
My boundary. My line. And my privacy.
Who committed the heinous crime? None other than the big daddy of social media sites. The Godzilla of "like." The Mothra of "pages." The King Kong of privacy violations.
That is why I am suing Facebook...
Well, I'm not directly suing Facebook.
But I recently received an email stating that I have been named in a class-action suit against the social media Leviathan.
Here is that email:
The suit alleges that certain people and their likenesses were illegitimately used in a "sponsored story" on Facebook prior to December 3, 2012.
I remember this happening because someone messaged me to say that my profile was showing up next to an advertisement on their Facebook feed.
Basically, my face and name was being used to sell someone else's products or services.
Angel Fraley is a member who got ticked off and kicked off a lawsuit which Facebook is likely going to end up paying for.
How much is this going to cost Facebook?
According to the email, the money will be placed into a fund out of which Facebook will pay claims of Class Members who appeared in a sponsored story.
Hey, that's me!
So how much will I get for this?
Well, if I fill out the form in a timely manner, I may be eligible to receive... brace yourself... up to $10.
That's TEN DOLLARS for those of you who prefer that I spell it out.
Yes, I took a few minutes to fill out the form. At this point, I'm curious to see if I actually get a check from Facebook.
Facebook also had their wrist slapped and promised to revise their terms of service to prevent this from happening again.
Thank you, Angel Fraley. From the bottom of my heart.
Are you a part of this class action suit? If so, did you fill out the form? If not, would you be flattered if you had shown up as a sponsored story? Is this a frivolous suit? Is this a frivolous story? Did my headline grab your attention? Are you tired of all these questions?
Please leave your comments below!