Judge closes Facebook case

Oliver Smith
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AN AMERICAN judge has granted approval to Facebook’s $20m (£12.8m) settlement of a class-action lawsuit over its sponsored story advertising programme.

The lawsuit filed in 2011 alleged that Facebook’s sharing of users’ so--called likes to advertisers without their consent was a privacy breach.

Facebook will pay out $20m to members of the lawsuit and as part of the settlement the social network agreed to give users more control over how their content is shared.