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Facebook hit with lawsuit for 'Happy Birthday' texts

Facebook hit with lawsuit for 'Happy Birthday' texts

When you get an unwanted email, you can click on the unsubscribe button and it goes away forever. When you get an unwanted phone call from a telemarketer, you can get put on the "Do Not Call" list and your phone will ring no more.

But what about text messages from Facebook? Colin Brickman, a man in Florida, has filed a class-action suit against Facebook for sending him text message reminders for his friends' birthdays after he opted out but still received the notifications.

The messages are innocent enough - "Today is [Facebook friend's] birthday. Reply to post a wish on his Timeline or reply with 1 to post "Happy Birthday!" - but Brickman feels they violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), which protects consumers from getting unwanted spam texts sent to their phones.

And Brickman isn't alone. According to Patrick Perotti, Brickman's lawyer, 15.6 million, or 10% of Facebook's users in the U.S., have opted out of text notifications from Facebook.

Brinkman wants $1,500 for every text he received from Facebook, but the TCPA regular fine is $500 for each violation. If each one of the 15.6 million users joined in on the suit, it could possibly cost Facebook $406 billion.

Facebook hasn't yet commented on the suit, but it will be interesting to see what develops. In the meantime, make sure your Facebook notification settings are the way you want them. Here is the Komando.com step-by-step guide to lock down your Facebook profile.

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Source: Cosmopolitan
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