Facebook has recently found itself in the center of the news lately and for nothing good. In December of 2013, it was brought out into the open that user’s private Facebook messages might not have been all that private after all. That news alone created quite the firestorm, and if that wasn’t bad enough, Facebook is again finding themselves at the center of attention – this time for that blue and white thumbs up button, known also as the “Like” button. You know the button I speak of – the one you click when you really “like” what you’re looking at. At least that’s how it’s supposed to work, anyway. A Colorado resident recently had a slightly different result that led him to begin filing a lawsuit against the social media giant.
Anthony Ditirro is not a reader of USA Today nor has he ever been to their website. That didn’t stop Facebook from saying that he “liked” USA Today in a sponsored message, though. While Ditirro states he has no problem with USA Today, he did not want people to think that he publicly endorsed the newspaper. This led him to file a lawsuit against Facebook for using his endorsement without his permission. After all, if this truly happened with Ditirro, one wonders how many other people might be affected.
Facebook’s Not Going To Like This…
If the suit is successful, it would be applied to all users of Facebook, and Ditirro is seeking at least $750 for each person whose endorsement was given without their permission.
For their part, a spokesperson from Facebook denies all of the charges and states they are without any merit.
You might want to check your Facebook activity and see if you have “liked” anything that you really don’t like. Or, do you think Ditirro is making too big of a deal out of all this and it doesn’t really matter in the long run? Tell us what you think below.
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