Social media companies pay Facebook for ‘Facebook Live’ footage

Facebook has paid $5.4m to settle a lawsuit alleging it breached privacy rights when it shared video of a person’s “social media” activity with friends.

The social network has said the settlement includes no admission of wrongdoing and does not impact its business operations.

In its lawsuit, the U.S. District Court in San Francisco alleged Facebook breached the rights of people who posted on Facebook Live by broadcasting video from their phones to a third-party website.

Facebook said it had complied with the settlement terms.

Facebook had previously settled similar claims with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which had sought a court order requiring the social network to delete video that had been posted by third parties without the permission of Facebook.

Facebook did not comment on the latest settlement.

The Electronic Frontier filed a separate lawsuit in November on behalf of a woman in Massachusetts who alleged Facebook’s sharing of video without her permission violated her privacy.

The EFF, however, argued the social media platform was immune from liability because it had made clear to users that they could opt out of video sharing.

In the case of the Massachusetts woman, the Facebook settlement also did not affect Facebook’s ability to sell ads, which it said were a core part of its business model.

The company did not immediately respond to requests for comment.