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posted by janrinok on Saturday May 31 2014, @06:03PM   Printer-friendly
from the we-were-wrong-but-we-don't-do-it-now-defence dept.

The Vancouver Sun reports that the BC Supreme court has approved a class action lawsuit against Facebook. From TFA:

British Columbia's Supreme Court gave the go-ahead Friday to a class-action suit against Facebook seeking damages for the networking giant's practice of turning users into brand ambassadors when they hit the "like" button for a product or service.

Judge Susan Griffin said there is evidence that the names or portraits of B.C. residents who are Facebook users were used without their consent in Facebook's Sponsored Stories. Facebook, which last year paid $20 million US to settle a lawsuit in the United States over its sponsored stories, stopped using them earlier this year.

In the Globe and Mail story Facebook seems to claim that because they no longer do this they shouldn't be held accountable for doing it in the past.

 
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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by maxwell demon on Saturday May 31 2014, @06:20PM

    by maxwell demon (1608) on Saturday May 31 2014, @06:20PM (#49665) Journal

    All retired contract killers rejoice: According to that argumentation, because they no longer kill people they shouldn't be held accountable for doing it in the past.

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    • (Score: 3, Funny) by edIII on Saturday May 31 2014, @06:50PM

      by edIII (791) on Saturday May 31 2014, @06:50PM (#49671)

      The shit corp lawyers come up with...

      "But your honor... am I killing anyone right this second in the courtroom?"

      I think they watched South Park and decided to try the Chewbacca defense.

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    • (Score: 4, Interesting) by zocalo on Saturday May 31 2014, @06:56PM

      by zocalo (302) on Saturday May 31 2014, @06:56PM (#49675)
      Yeah, I came up with the same analogy only using theft as soon as as I read that BS defence: FB steal stuff in the US and Canada, then get busted in the US and (reluctantly?) see the error their ways, so everything they stole in Canada are theirs to keep?

      I think not. Maybe they *should* try the one with the Wookie, it might stand a better chance in court.
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  • (Score: 4, Informative) by davester666 on Saturday May 31 2014, @06:34PM

    by davester666 (155) on Saturday May 31 2014, @06:34PM (#49667)

    citizens of other countries can go to hell...as long as they continue to post to Facebook along the journey...

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 31 2014, @07:37PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 31 2014, @07:37PM (#49689)

      citizens of other countries can go to hell...as long as they continue to post to Facebook along the journey...

      ...or connect to any site that has included Facebook's tendril links...or gets in range of a Facebook spyware phone...

      mmm, wonder what the cartels etc think of those? Be interesting if they gave their opinions of it directly to Zuckerburg etc.

      Life is so full of complications!