Paying $9.5 Million To Settle Marketing Tactics

Posted Mar 16, 2010 is paying $9.5 million to settle a lawsuit that alleges that the social network is duping people to buy paid memberships. Each of the 3.16 million users with “gold” premium accounts are expected to receive $3 for receiving messages that appear to be from old classmates.  But they are fake.

Classmates is also facing a potential class-action lawsuit that alleges privacy violations.  The social network changed the default settings to make information more public.  Classmates is owned by United Online. [MediaPost]