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How to Claim Your Share of a $725 Million Facebook Settlement

Anyone in U.S. who has used the social media site over 15 years is eligible

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Facebook parent Meta has agreed to pay out $725 million to settle a 5-year-old class action privacy lawsuit relating to Facebook user data that was improperly shared with other companies.

If you were among the millions of account holders on the world’s largest social network in the U.S. between May 24, 2007, and Dec. 22, 2022, you may be owed a piece of that settlement. You have until Aug. 25 of this year to submit a claim, which can be done by mail or filling out an online form.

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“File your claim. It’s found money. Never mind how much or how little you’ll get. The lawyers did a good job,” says class action attorney Danny Karon of Cleveland, owner of the Your Lovable Lawyer consumer website. “Go, take what they got for you.”

Will I get a windfall?

Don’t count on it. How much you potentially get will depend on how many people file claims.

Lawyers’ fees could reduce the $725 million total by as much as a quarter. And other costs incurred in the litigation will take out a bite.

Calculating any potential proceeds is pure speculation. But a back-of-the-envelope calculation, taking out 25 percent legal fees, considering no additional costs and dividing by the 87 million user profiles affected, yields $6.25.

Facebook actually had more than 240 million U.S. users in 2022 alone. All are eligible but are not automatically paid. They must file.

Why is this happening?

The backstory involves a British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked with former President Donald Trump on his 2016 campaign.

The firm was able to obtain private Facebook user data that could help build voter profiles. In 2018, the same year the class action litigation was filed, Facebook conceded that as many as 87 million user profiles may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.

What is a class action?

The legal procedure allows one or a small number of plaintiffs to pursue a case on behalf of a larger group or class of people. As part of this particular settlement, which is pending final court approval, Meta admitted no wrongdoing.

How do I file a claim?

The simplest way is to visit the website,, and submit an online claim.

You’ll be asked to enter your name, postal address, Facebook username and email address or addresses associated with your Facebook account. You can submit only a single claim on your own behalf though family members with their own accounts can separately file their own claims. Having multiple Facebook accounts at the same time will not be double counted.

A notice subsequently went out indicating that the claim form was modified to accommodate claimants who created but then deleted one or more Facebook accounts during the class period, and then later created a new Facebook account during the class period. You can also download and print the form and mail it to:

Settlement Administrator
Facebook Consumer Privacy User Profile Litigation
c/o Settlement Administrator
1650 Arch St., Suite 2210
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Or request a form by calling 1-855-556-2233 or by sending an email to

Worth flagging: Beware of scammers masquerading as legal beagles who claim they can help you get your piece of a class action settlement. It’s a ruse.

How do I get paid?

You get to choose on the online claim form. Your options are a direct deposit to your bank by providing a routing number and account credentials, prepaid Mastercard, PayPal, Venmo or Zelle.

When might I get paid?

Nothing will happen until at least Sept. 7. That’s when the court has scheduled a final hearing on the case.

Any objections will be considered at that time. Even if the settlement is approved, post-ruling appeals could prolong matters.

Still skeptical? Many people ignore class action settlements for which they’re eligible. In a 2019 study, the Federal Trade Commission found that the median rate of claims filed in class action cases was just 9 percent. If so, that might yield each claimant about $25.

This story, originally published April 21, 2023, has been updated to reflect new information around the eligibility of people who deleted a Facebook account during the class period and then created a new account during that period.

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