TikTok users in the United States receive a notification claiming they are eligible for a settlement payment if they used the app before October 1, 2021.
TikTok is arguably one of the most popular social media platforms out there today. The app has spawned a plethora of viral dances, trends, recipes, and more, and even sparked the careers of many internet stars.
However, TikTok is currently under scrutiny after hitting its US-based users with a notification claiming they are eligible for a settlement payment if they meet certain conditions.
What is the TikTok Class Action Settlement?
On November 15, TikTok users in America received a notification warning users that they may be eligible for a Class Settlement payment if they use the app before October 1, 2021.
The notification included a link to a website detailing the class action settlement. In short, the situation is as follows:
The plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit, claiming that TikTok “violated federal and state law by collecting and using, without sufficient notice or consent, plaintiffs’ personal data in connection with their use of the sharing app. of TikTok videos – Make Your Day”.
How much money can TikTok users claim from the class action settlement?
Following the settlement reached between plaintiffs and defendants, U.S. residents who used TikTok before September 30, 2021 can submit a claim to receive payment.
If approved, the settlement could pay $92,000,000 to those filing complaints. However, the actual payout for individual users is much less; if all 130 million monthly users in the United States fulfilled, each would receive about 70 cents.
However, Illinois users are eligible to receive 6x the amount, as indicated by the settlement notice website.
Internet reacts to TikTok class action settlement notice
This information has spread across the internet, spawning some humorous Twitter memes for those who are thrilled to receive the monetary equivalent of a “McDonald’s soda”:
— Grim Reaper (@GrimReaperTTV) November 15, 2021
Quick everyone, go sign up for your $5 from the Tiktok class action lawsuit. pic.twitter.com/7qVI1lwvJp
— Star⁷ (@xingou) November 15, 2021
Only tiktok would send a notification to US users to file a class action lawsuit and once we all try to do just that (just to get our five bucks or less) the site won’t even process our claims.
— cayla (@angrydandelion) November 15, 2021
When is the TikTok class action settlement deadline?
The deadline to file a claim for settlement is March 1, 2022. A deadline of January 1, 2022 has been set for those who wish to file but exclude themselves from the benefits of the settlement, as well as for those who wish to write to the Court if they are dissatisfied with the settlement.
The settlement comes months after the app faced another lawsuit for EU and UK users, with plaintiffs claiming TikTok allegedly processed children’s information unlawfully. The platform was also fined $5.7 million in February 2019 by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for the way the app it bought, Musical.ly, previously handled users’ data. children.