Can I Sue Facebook?

Facebook Inc. is built into the daily lives of most westerners, whether in social life, business or communities. Going a day without Facebook is a challenge and many can very easily admit they couldn’t live without it.

On the other hand, there is a rising group of people who are unhappy with the supposed exploitation of information, user engagement and sales opportunities from Facebook’s part. The #deletefacebook movement is on the rise, and those invested in their own privacy are increasingly concerned about using the social media platform, sharing their photos or adding their personal details to their page.

Even Brian Acton, ex-boss of WhatsApp, another social messaging app that was bought by Facebook  in 2014 for $19 billion, joined in with #deletefacebook.

Some even believe Facebook is always listening… The propagation of smart and appropriate user directed ads on Facebook ahs led many users to misunderstand the systems Facebook has implemented to show the right ads to the right people. Many seem to think Facebook hears your conversations and tries to sell you on the back of them.

In extreme cases, some have gone as far as trying to sue Facebook for misuse of their data or likeness. But is such a thing even possible? And even if you did sue Facebook, would you have a leg to stand on?

In the first quarter of 2018, Facebook was hit with a major scandal that really pushed worldwide privacy worries over the edge; Cambridge Analytica. The ordeal that took place led to government investigations into Facebook’s processes, in particular regards to political campaign ads, and severely angered many users, to the point some threatened and tried to sue. One group got together to present a 27-page letter to Facebook, threatening a lawsuit on the grounds of breaching British data privacy regulations. In the US, many businesses and individuals filed very real lawsuits against Facebook, but the social media giant stood to defend them.

This is one of many lawsuits Facebook has faced on the back of its data policies, ad monitoring, and political campaign advertising operations. Let’s take a look at some others.

In March 2018, three users brought a lawsuit to Facebook claiming it had been documenting their calls and text messages, facts which Facebook acknowledged but said the users had opted in on via their smartphones.

In April 2018, popular journalist and TV star Martin Lewis sued Facebook for defamation, on the basis that it is a publisher, over the use of his face in Bitcoin ads. Though Lewis tried many times to stop Facebook allowing scammers to use his face in ads without permission, Facebook failed to eradicate the issue.

In June 2018, Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued Facebook with claims it had failed to maintain legal standards for political campaign ads ran in Washington state dating back to 2013.

In July 2018, one of Facebook’s shareholders, James Kacouris, sued the company following the largest drop in stock price in wall Street history. The shareholder accused Facebook of misleading statements regarding its user figures and operations.

In August 2018, hundreds of social media users in India had their social media details submitted to the Delhi High Court on the back of PepsiCo’s lawsuit against Facebook (and Twitter & YouTube) for allowing the circulation of ‘defamatory and disparaging’ posts against one of its brands, Kurkure.

More recently, Facebook has been sued by the Trump Administration, which joined a suit filed by the National Fair Housing Alliance for violating the Fair Housing Act and allegedly diverting housing ads away from potential tenants.

As of time of publication, none of the above lawsuits have concluded, meaning only time and hard evidence will tell us whether the law is greater than Facebook, and whether in the long run, it is at all possible to sue Facebook.

Though, in the case of data privacy law and damages to the user, Marc Pettigrew, a specialist in IT Law from Waterfront Solicitors, had this to say: “In relation to breach of the Data Protection Act, if an individual suffers damage, they may be entitled to claim some form of compensation. ‘Damage’ could be in the form of a financial loss and/or showing that the individual has suffered some form of distress. To claim compensation, the individual would need to be ready to prove the level of damage claimed to have been suffered and it would be for the courts to decide whether that level of compensation is appropriate.

“There is also the potential of collective action claims, which are on the rise here in the UK (often referred to as the ‘class action suits’ we often hear about in the US). This is the concept of a number of individuals combining their claims to bring an action against a common defendant. Previous examples include actions against the supermarket chain Morrisons and Google. If Facebook is found to have been in breach, one wonders whether it will be next in line.”

Make of that what you will, but it is clear that a lot of evidence, time and money will be spent pursuing justice if you decided to try and sue Facebook.

Sources:

https://www.cnet.com/news/deletefacebook-hashtag-trends-twitter-facebook-users/

https://www.marketwatch.com/press-release/class-action-lawsuits-against-facebook-consolidated-creating-one-of-the-largest-data-privacy-lawsuits-2018-08-23

https://dataprivacylawsuit.com/

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/27/three-facebook-users-sue-over-collection-of-call-and-text-history.html

https://blog.moneysavingexpert.com/2018/04/martin-lewis-to-sue-facebook/

https://www.shortlist.com/news/sue-facebook-data-cambridge-analytica-lawyer/352704

https://www.atg.wa.gov/news/news-releases/ag-ferguson-files-campaign-finance-lawsuits-against-facebook-google

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2018/07/30/shareholder-sues-facebook-after-stock-plunges/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.f22f4ac79b08

https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/23/17271454/facebook-cryptocurrency-bitcoin-scam

https://www.redstate.com/streiff/2018/08/18/opening-salvo-trump-administration-sues-facebook-fair-housing-act-violations/

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/cons-products/fmcg/pepsi-sues-facebook-twitter-and-youtube-hc-orders-take-down-of-posts-that-allege-kurkure-contains-plastic/articleshow/65174482.cms
41 Comments
  1. annalisa molina says

    facebook is enabling sex offenders and predators while blocking people that speak out against them. a guy was making fake accounts to stalk me and they blocked me for complaining about it. that goes against the “community standards” and is negligent. they should be blocking the guy that is making fake accounts to bother me . they’re failing to do their job and being negligent of truly harassing behavior and stalking. i dont deserve to be blocked because they can’t do what is right and keep sexual predators off the internet. i posted a picture of him making another account to harass me, and they want to suspend me for 30 days. the entire company should be sued for negligence and failure to respect basic rights and freedom of speech… while enabling sexual predators.

    1. Magdalena says

      Exactly someone who I once dated keeps creating a fake account under my name with a different girl picture and sends out private pictures of me from when we were together and I have reported him and nothin gets done I don’t know what to do any suggestions?

    2. Jose says

      They blocked me 30 days cause the page fatherly posted some faggots on a bed together my kids seened it and started asking questions so l comment No more fags stories and immediately l was blocked….l think all Facebook employees are a bunch of fucking queers..nasty faggots…

      1. Gloria says

        I think you should send a letter to the major TV channel. One day FB is going to get sue big time. They suspended my account for posting news from you tube.

        1. Alen says

          Hi, I understand what you are saying . This morning at 11:48 A.M THE news feed kicked in. Glenn Beck . Headline : Censorship. A half an hour later , I was writing a news post on a Conservative Blog. I was in the process of posting . And pop up “Can’t post at this time. ” What’s that suppose to mean. I back out of the account and try to RE Log inn.
          Facebook is dead. It took about 10 sec to figure it out. How to the narrative, without explaining anything .F.B welcome to China. F.B needs time to recode the system , certain groups will get take get tagged for some bogus reason. FREE just expired. I could be wrong about this. But I don’t think so. They’ve been doing all sorta of “uncool things.” Deboosting Live streaming videos, Deleting posts, comments, and wiping out peoples videos It’s it list. Any way, if someone wants to comment… please do

          1. Louis says

            I’m being blocked for 30 day’s for posting , Now that we have defeated Isis we should send all the Muslim’s back to their s*** hole country seeing as how that hate America . I was only saying what is true .

  2. Maria Esmeralda says

    I have been slandered along with my whole family !! Untrue posts and lies by an individual for 1 month now he posted pics of my grand children and said horrible things!! Posted personal information about me and my family such as social security number address and birthdates posted all our names and where I work !!! And Facebook still allows him to post . My life has been cyber bullied and harassed turned upside down !!! I even told Facebook in a complaint that I filed a protective order on this person and they continue to let him post !!! Facebook has no respect for privacy !!!!

  3. Marco says

    Why do Facebook block you when some one else post a pic of you my account was hack yet I’m block for thrity days and no why of contacting them to fight back

    1. Gloria says

      They are over doing it. FB is using abuse of power.to Send letters to the media. They are not respecting freedom of speech.

  4. Barabara says

    It is so wrong of Facebook to lock people out without giving them an explanation as to why they were locked out. I have been locked out two times and I don’t know why. They have my E-MAIL Address and my phone no, so what’s stopping them from contacting me. It’s just not right. People rely on Facebook for friendship and group support.

    1. Gloria says

      We have to send our complains to the media. They are not respecting freedom of speech. I share info from you tube and they block it.

  5. Dan says

    Facebook needs to be burned down to the ground. With Zuckerberg and his cronies inside. I don’t know what makes them think them being a private company which they’re not since they’re publicly traded on the stock exchange gives them or makes them think they have the right to block anybody for anything. If you say one little thing though block you for 30 days but yet people getting shot up in the street or children getting raped is not pulled off of Facebook. You X coming mark

  6. John Bishop says

    I was blocked by Facebook in november…I posted it..and was blocked 30 days…and now they block me again for the same thing when I haven’t posted this…at all since…twice for same post… Do I have a case …

    1. Gloria says

      We need to send these complains to the media.

  7. Michael Rich says

    I deleted my Facebook account about a year ago. Full deletion, not the temporary crap they try to get you to do. After learning of their latest atrocities, I tried logging back in to my page to see if it was still up. It was. I hadn’t logged into Facebook even once in the last year, but they still had all my info, my page was like I had never deleted it, all my photos, posts, info, etc was still there. And I got a “welcome back” email from Facebook. Do I have a case to sue them? I want my info gone, permanently, from their site, which they clearly are not doing.

    1. Gwen says

      They had me believing I had won $600,000 and I had to pay the insurance ..when I paid that they informed me I owed late fees. Yes, they sent me all kinds of documents . I even have a credit card they sent me. This last thing they did was to send me a check and had the bank to stop payment. I need some help and want to tell everyone else what Facebook is doing

  8. Lander Richardson says

    I started a business page and instead of getting likes I got sad facesand this is my business this is how I survive this is how I live this is how I eat and I feel this is defamation of character and slanderous and scrutiny to my business every last like was turned into sad faces

  9. Elias says

    Facebook locked me out of my account. Which I use for business and to make a living.

    After they heavily incited me to go for a two-step verification by providing a phone number and an email address, which I did. Then when I tried to get connected it sais that Facebook does not recognize me and thinks it’s a suspicious connection attempt (even though I have been using the same laptop for 5 years and never had a problem).
    Then Facebook asks me to send them a selfie with a hand written code they provided me. I took the selfie as required and sent it, nothing happened.
    I am losing thousands of dollars because of this. I lost sleep over this.
    Unlike other tech companies such as Google, Twitter… There is absolutely no way to contact Facebook, no customer service, no human, no phone number, no email address… Nothing! Which is a bit disgusting for a company that makes money off of everyone of us who has a FB account !!! The least they can do is provide a customer service.

    At this point, I am willing to sue Facebook and ask for punitive damages which I can prove. I have been a Facebook customer (yes, stop saying user, we are customers) for a decade. And I believe I should be treated differently.
    If anyone else is in a similar situation, I’m open to discuss a joint lawsuit by replying to this comment.

    1. Shania says

      Hi,

      I am in excatly the same boat as you but in the UK. I am going to take them to court for deactivating my accounts because of an IP violation that an Ad company did on a business that I sold a year ago!

      1. mohamed salah says

        HI
        can you give me an attorney that he can chandelle a similar case in uk ?

        thanks

        1. Karen says

          Hi did u get the name of the attorneys details if so will u help me out thank u karen

      2. Karen says

        Hi just wondering did anybody get back to u about f b if so did it help as I won’t some help to thank u karen

  10. Katherine Abrams says

    I was hacked…when I went to FB help center…they were the hackers who responded and con me out of $150.00, which I feel FB owe me back…there is no way a hacker is supposed to be able to answer me like their FB thru FB….that shouldn’t happen….we should be protected from that…I only went with it cause I was try for my contacts to not get hacked thru me….not knowing g that FB can’t protect us from this….now I’m out of $150.00….add that came out of my wedding savings…yes I’m pissed. Filed with the government and sent I fo with no response.😣 Know my new FB page is tripping. Just disappointed with FB.

  11. Katherine Abrams says

    My Facebook page was hacked and my contacts were stolen….they started sending messages like they were me for my contacts to send money to get more money from the government…as if they were the government. When I tried to contact the Hell Center…the hacked that and answered me as if they were Facebook. Then they gave me a number to call and connde me our of $150.00 to clear up the hackers and to restore my Facebook account. Come on…no on should be able to do this. I feel that Facebook owes me my $150.00….and some for stress and depression….every single ce I went thru that situation I dont trust anything….not even this page, but I’m eritt this cause I’m tired of carrying g this load on me. They took part of my wedding savings….and some of my contacts fell for the gimmick and sent them money. The hackers came at me like they were my cousin…but when I didn’t fall for it the hacked my contact and started texting and sending messages as if they were me. This should not be able to happen. You ow me for all of the stress I’m going thru do to you lack of protection…I sent this to the Federal Commission with no response. 😣😣I’m so pissed still and this happen right before the holiday…. November 10, 2018….

  12. Rachel d Siegfried says

    Facebook GAVE my identity away on December 11.
    They verified my identity to India.
    My identity was already verified with Facebook.
    Facebook has a copy of my drivers license.
    Facebook opened up a case for me on December 11 with a case number.
    They have not written me one thing since then.
    The hackers they gave my identity to are organized international hackers. These hackers have made my life a living hell-and they are still with me. They took over my iPhone-entered my MacBook Pro-destroyed the hard drive. Apple Senior ITs have been working with me since December. Apple said ther have never seen anything like this before. I am still working with iTs on a daily basis. I am on my second computer and my second IPhone. These people have ruined my business, my relationships, and my life. I don’t leave my house. I only cry now, and wonder how I am going to pay my bills. I have lost everything. They have my entire identity. They have now linked themselves to my website . They got 92 stored passwords in my IPhone. I have screenshots of every thing. They entered the locked Sec.gov website-made an active link html template-I rememberered the address before they realized I was reading it. I researched and uncovered an entire illegal scandal involving Facebook..

  13. Joanie Lynn Veasey says

    Look I have tried to deactivate my account.. but it want let me. On top of that I tried to delete my posts.. it says it does but 3 days later they pop back up on my account. Also it keeps turning my messenger camera on with out me doing so. Just like it’s adds people to my account that I never approved. It also shows my exact location when I have disabled it

  14. Kathryn Brewer says

    I have a Facebook account I can’t get into, has all my pictures I want so I can delete Facebook, I opened another factor account to see if I could get my pictures and of course not, and in 2013 someone who said that they were from Facebook, he said that I had to let him into my computer and I gave him a $100 to fix it, I had no idea that Facebook didn’t have a phone number at the time. I want my money #back and my pictures that have been taken from me.

  15. WILLIAM SPENCER says

    Facebook rejected my ad for a kitchen (Culinary) knife which is clearly and plainly allowable by their standards. The reason given was that it was considered a “Weapon”. Their own Published Standards bar “Knives (non-culinary)”. When I rightly appealed they gave the same answer. When I posted the Rejection it’self, they also refused to publish that one for the same reason…. it wasn’t even an Ad and even about a knife! Since my ad won’t reach the estimated 7-18,000 people this weekend I believe I was incurred a financial damage here!

    1. Gloria says

      We need to send our complains to the media. FB is using abuse of power plus is against freedom of speech. Thay block news that I posted from you tube.

  16. Doc wells says

    On about the 23 feb2019 face book lock my account for not a reasons at all my best friend is a Muslim he sender me from messager that white hate group in ark gang. Got busted 5000 face book lock me out and him also be cause of the message we were trying to send to our friends that is wrong my net worth is for my shop face book lie to my best friend and me they sent code to get back on but lie to us they would not except them then wanted me to take a picture of my self I\\\’m not going to do that no way. I have thousands of people on the site want them to know look very close what face book have done to very good people DON\\\’T let them do it to U soon or later they will
    They need to be look at more closely I can make it with out them myself my best friend is sick on oxgien stage 4 it helps him stay in touch with family.

  17. Jeff Shipman says

    How can I take legal action against Facebook over their “Community Standards” which has clearly violated my guaranteed 1st Amendment Right by the U.S. Constitution?

  18. Anju Kapoor says

    Facebook just blocked me because a music company claimed a video that i posted to my song page and that video did not belong to that company nor the music but still i got blocked and filed a dispute but have not received any response from Facebook or the complaining company. Facebook really sucks and they know that they can shut us out anytime they want because they know that they will never get back to us for any reason.

  19. Human Activist says

    Those sons of a b****s disabled my account for no good reason without notifying me

  20. Saby J Jimenez says

    Because of Facebook allowing harassers to post whatever they want even hate speech. I do not have good legs to stand on. They have ignored all of my complaints and even condone this hate speech on social media. On 6/19/2018, these same harassers watched me and pursued me and hit me with their car. I guess this does not constitute a serious crime to Facebook. If anyone can help direct me to attorney’s I will be more than grateful. I think Facebook should be taken off. Too many have either killed themselves or attempted suicide. This is outrageous.

  21. Nathaniel Hosea says

    I need a lawyer… Facebook disabled my account and messenger for no reason Nat Nathaniel. I have kids overseas in the Philippines where I send money. I am not able to communicate with them after they disabled my account for no reason. I want to find a lawyer that will help me sue Facebook for emotional distress and my inability to send money to family or know there where about. They have cut off communication to all of my friends overseas. I no longer trust Facebook any longer.

  22. Allen says

    I’d like to know how Facebook is allowed to get my information and give it to the public and not get in trouble for it when it’s private information then I see you on here there still show me porno movies and everything and kids getting beating it makes me sick I try to use Facebook just to talk to relatives in different people but they take advantage of you every time you try to do something it’s like your robot and you got to do everything they say push this push that when you don’t even understand half the shit they want you to do and for some reason people have been getting into my Facebook account and everything so now I know where the issue is it’s Facebook’s workers that’s how they’re getting in so easy so if there is a lawyer and this is true I would like let me get back to me because this is not right it’s pathetic with rich people like that are allowed to get away with when people like us or just trying to communicate but yet they said No Boundaries they say they do but they don’t but they’re in looking at every private thing you have on your phone it’s not right I don’t like someone to know every little bit about my life are my pictures of my kids and different things so there should be something done about this it’s okay for them to fuck with somebody’s head and make their life miserable and get away with it why you have to sit back and live with the consequences I’ve doing nothing wrong but you got people coming into your phone or tablet and looking at all your private stuff this is not right supposed to be rights in this country but we’re like little puppets you might as well this bend over and let him jamming all the way in because that’s exactly what you’re doing to everybody screwing everybody and their lives…….

    1. Karen says

      Hi did u find a soliciter if so will u help me go fowerd too thank u karen

  23. Louis says

    How do we Sue Facebook for depriving us of our freedom of speech ?

    1. WILDMAN says

      SUE THEM VIOLATING THE FIRST AMENDMENT .

  24. Neal says

    I’m suing, I don’t care who failed before me. I logged in using my email and password as I have since 2006/7. They asked for my cell but I’m overseas now and told them my cellphone was stolen and reported to the cell company on 26 March 2019. So they asked in writing for my passport and bank statements or ID they have on file. I never sent them my ID, so how would they have an ID on file?

  25. Jonathon Noble says

    Facebook discriminates against the LGBT+ community, I’ve been banned from posting twice due to something related to such. First I was banned for defending transgender people, then I was banned for sharing a viewpoint that a lot of asexual like myself tend to have.

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