Facebook Inc is a class action lawsuit accuses them of violating privacy of its users by scanning the content of messages to be it for advertising purposes to other users, a US judge has ruled.
US District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, California, on Tuesday rejected some constitutional claims against the social media company, but Facebook dismiss the contract for the action largely denied.
Facebook had argued that the alleged message scanning its users happen was covered by an exception under the federal Privacy Act on electronic communications for interception of service providers in the normal course of business.
But Hamilton said Facebook had “a sufficient explanation for how the challenged practice in the ordinary course of business falls not available.”
Neither Facebook nor a lawyer for the plaintiffs responded to a request for comment Wednesday.
The lawsuit, filed in 2013, alleged that Facebook was looking for the content of private messages between users for links to Web sites to send and then count all the links in a score of “likes” of the pages.
This “likes” were then used to user profiles that compile then used for the provision of targeted advertising to its users, the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit alleges that the sampling of private messages against the federal and state law California.
After Tuesday ruling, Facebook is no longer the practice at issue in October 2012. But the company said it still analyzing the messages that viruses and spam before, the ruling said.
The lawsuit was filed by Facebook users Matthew Campbell and seeks class action on behalf of US users who send or receive private messages contain, the website address in their content.