A U.S. Northern District Court of California judge approved the settlement of a class-action lawsuit against Facebook on Monday, which claimed that Facebook’s “Sponsored Stories” product shared users’ “Like” data with friends without the ability to opt out. Facebook will pay out $20 million to members of the suit as a result of the settlement. “We are pleased that the settlement has received final approval,” a Facebook spokesperson told AllThingsD.
Greg Badros, Facebook’s vice president of engineering and products, plans to soon leave the company, AllThingsD has learned.
Facebook confirmed Badros’s departure in a brief statement: “Greg was a valuable member of Facebook’s team, and we wish him the best of luck in the future,” said a Facebook spokesperson.
A four-year Facebook vet, Badros worked for the company in a number of different capacities, including being one of five chief product VPs reporting directly to CEO Mark Zuckerberg. During that time, Badros was in charge of monetization and advertising products, and most recently headed up the company’s search efforts.
Previous to his time at Facebook, Badros was most recently a senior director of engineering at Google, where for six years he was responsible for both consumer and ads products, including a heavy focus on Google’s AdSense. He also spent time at InfoSpace Inc, Go2Net and Transworld Numerics.
It is not clear what Badros’s next steps will be, but according to his post about the departure, he looks to be getting deeper into venture capital and advising smaller companies.
His full farewell statement is below:
“I’m grateful to Mark and everyone at Facebook for creating an amazing company that provides an enormous ability to have positive impact in the world. I will very much miss the teams I worked with and interacting with such amazing world-class talent every day. Finally, I’m excited to start iterating on what’s next for me: I’ve learned so much over my many years working and leading at each of Facebook and Google. I’m looking forward to finding new ways to continue my positive impact on the world both as an individual and through companies I invest in and advise.”
Badros will remain at Facebook for the next few weeks; the company has not yet named a replacement.