Facebook $30 Settlement Payout – When and who will I receive it?

The $725 million Facebook class action privacy settlement has received final approval by a federal judge in California. Over 17 million claims were submitted, resulting in an average payout estimate of around $30 per claimant.

Facebook $30 Settlement Payout

The federal judge in California has granted final approval to the $725 million Facebook class action privacy settlement. 

The actual payout amount will depend on how long claimants had a Facebook account during the eligible period, but it is anticipated that each user will get an average of $30. 

Individuals can choose to receive their payout in the form of Zelle, a prepaid Mastercard, Venmo, PayPal, or a physical check mailed to their address.

Facebook Settlement Payout Eligibility 

The eligibility criteria for the Facebook settlement payout depends on:

  • Location: You had to be a resident of the United States between May 24, 2007, and December 22, 2022.
  • Facebook Usage: You had to have a Facebook account during that same timeframe (May 24, 2007, to December 22, 2022). This applies even if you deleted or deactivated your account sometime during that period.
  • There were no requirements to prove your data was specifically shared with third parties.

Facebook $30 Settlement Payout Distribution 

The originally anticipated payout time frame (around January 2024) was based on a 90-day window after the October 2023 court approval. However, appeals filed by objectors have halted the process.

The way Facebook settlement payout  was planned to be distributed to eligible claimants (since the payout is currently on hold):

Predetermined Payment Methods:

  • Claimants would receive their payouts in the method they selected during the claim application process. Common options likely included:
    • Electronic Transfers: This could involve services like Zelle, Venmo, or Paypal.
    • Prepaid Mastercard: This might be an option for those without a bank account or preferring a separate card.
    • Paper Check: This is a traditional option, but may take longer due to mailing times.

Distribution Process:

  • The settlement administrator would handle the distribution.
  • As long as your claim was approved, you wouldn’t need to take any further action.
  • The payout date is currently on hold due to appeals filed by objectors. There is no confirmed date for payouts until these appeals are resolved.

Facebook $30 Settlement Payout Status

The steps to check the status of your Facebook settlement claim are:

  • Visit the settlement website at Facebookuserprivacysettlement.com.
  • Enter your Facebook settlement claim ID number and other details to see if your claim is approved or denied.
  • If your claim is denied, you have up to 10 days to appeal the decision.
  • Check your email inbox and spam folder for a notification from the “Facebook Consumer Privacy Settlement Administrator” explaining the reason for the rejection.
  • Follow the instructions for the appeal process to ensure that your claim is reconsidered for approval.
  • Gather any necessary evidence or documentation to support your appeal and provide it during the appeals process to increase the chances of a successful outcome.

What should I do if my Facebook Settlement Claim is denied?

If your claim was rejected, you should have received an email notification with instructions on how to appeal the decision. You can appeal the decision within 10 days of receiving notice of the rejection. Here are the steps you can follow to appeal a rejection:

  • Navigate to the Facebook settlement Web-portal at facebookuserprivacysettlement.com.
  • Look for an option that reads ‘Submit Claim’ and click on it to be redirected to another webpage.
  • Fill in your Claim ID and Confirmation Code correctly and submit the form.
  • Once logged into the web-portal, you can make changes to your submitted details or appeal a rejection.

Factors affecting $30 Facebook Settlement Payout

There are two main factors affecting the Facebook settlement payout:

Number of Valid Claims:

  • The total settlement fund is $725 million. This money will be divided amongst all valid claims submitted during the claim period (May 2023).
  • The more valid claims submitted, the smaller the individual payout will be for each claimant. This is because the total settlement amount is divided amongst a larger pool of people.

Length of Facebook Account Activity (For Eligible Users):

  • This is the only factor that affects the payout amount for individual users who meet the base eligibility criteria (being a US resident with a Facebook account during the claim period).
  • Users who had active Facebook accounts for a longer period during the eligibility window (May 24, 2007 – December 22, 2022) will receive a larger payout compared to those who had accounts for a shorter period.
  • The settlement administrator likely assigned a point system, where each month of having an active account earned a point. 
  • The total number of points accumulated by a user would then be a factor in determining their final payout amount.

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