Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Top News

Facebook sued over private messages

See also

Facebook has found itself faced with a lawsuit which asserts that the social media firm takes information from private messages for data which is then sold to third parties. Two Facebook users have filed the lawsuit claiming that Facebook scans private messages sent between users for information that could be sold to marketers and advertisers – with neither the consent of its users nor the proper disclosure given to its users, according to a CNN report on Friday.

Michael Hurley and Matthew Campbell filed the lawsuit against Facebook in a Northern California United States district court this past week. The two request that the suit be a class action suit. They also suggested that some 166 million Facebook users in the United States could join their lawsuit.

Hurley and Campbell assert that intercepting and using links included in private messages absolutely breaks the law by violating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Additionally, it violates the California privacy and unfair competition laws, according to the report.

Facebook’s response includes its belief that the lawsuit is without merit. For the record, targeting a person for advertising purposes is part of Facebook’s business model.



  • Jar-Jar is more popular than Congress
    A new poll shows Jar-Jar Binks is more popular than Congress
  • Missing girl found
    After 9 months of being missing, Abigail Hernandez is back with her family
    US News
  • Tree destroyed by beetles
    A tree meant to honor Beatle George Harrison has been destroyed by beetles
    Top News
  • Mystery flags on bridge
    Mysterious white flags have replaced the American ones on the Brooklyn Bridge
    New York
  • Weird Al album debut
    Weird Al's new album has officially debuted at no. 1
  • Broncos owner resigns
    Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has resigned due to Alzheimer's