Facebook was charged with a lawsuit regarding its facial recognition system as the facial recognition software found on the platform generated a lot of controversy towards Facebook. The controversy was ignited more as there are protests against police brutality. Facebook has offered to pay $650 million for long-running, class-action lawsuit about the use of facial recognition technology.
The final offer by the US district judge is $100 million more than the initial offer. Earlier this year, US district judge rejected the initial amount of $550 million by the social media company. Facebook, in a statement, said, “We are focused on settling as it is in the best interest of our community and our shareholders to move past this matter.”
The lawsuit was initially filed by three residents from Illinois who noticed that Facebook was using scanning their faces without any proof of written consent. Illinois’ law of Biometric Information Privacy Act allowed the residents to sue the social media company. The suing residents informed that Facebook’s feature to suggest names of users in a photo was violating the mentioned privacy act.
Earlier this year, the initial settlement offer by Facebook was made for $550 million which would have resulted in payouts of $150 to $300 per person who have been affected by the facial recognition technology in the state of Illinois. The US district judge deemed the payment as “incredibly underwhelming.”