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On Friday’s episode of “Real Time,” Bill Maher used the “New Rules” segment of his show to bring up a thing he’s complained about before: So-called “Cancel Culture.” Though the bit was a familiar litany of concerns people familiar with the whole thing will recognize, Maher did at least begin by acknowledging that conservatives who claim appropriate reactions to horrible behavior are “cancel culture” are liars. And he ended it with a pretty good punchline: “When what you’re doing sounds like an Onion headline, stop.” The bit began with Maher calling for liberals to come up with a new “stand your ground law for cancel culture. So that when the woke mob comes after you for some ridiculous offense, you’ll stand your ground and stop apologizing, because I can’t keep up anymore with who’s on the s— list.” Before proceeding, Maher took a second to clarify what he means. “Lately, Republicans have been trying to appropriate the term cancel culture to describe what happens to them when they get a just comeuppance for actual crimes,” he said, accurately by the way. “And this muddying the waters is unfortunate because cancel culture is real. It’s insane. And it’s growing exponentially. And it’s coming to a neighborhood near you.” Also Read: 'WandaVison': Where the Hell Is Pietro Now That Agatha's Secret Is Out? His first example of the problem was Emmanuel Cafferty, a San Diego power and electric employee who was in fact unjustly fired after being accused, wrongly as it turned out, of being a white supremacist after someone mistook the way he held his arm out of his truck for a white power sign. “But he’s not a white supremacist. He’s Latino. And he wasn’t making a hand gesture. He’s probably just flicking a booger,” Maher said. “Is this really who we want to become? A society of phony clenched asshole avatars, walking on eggshells always looking over your shoulder about getting ratted out for something that actually has nothing to do with your character or morals. Think about everything you’ve ever texted, emailed, searched for, tweeted, blogged or said in passing, or now even just witnessed. Someone had a confederate flag in their dorm room in 1990 –and you didn’t do anything.” “Andy Warhol was wrong… in the future. Everyone will not experience 15 minutes of fame, but 15 minutes of shame,” Maher said. For his next example, Maher brought up Britney Spears and her ex boyfriend Justin Timberlake. “Now, you may be asking, why are we even talking about this net? Well, the New York Times did a documentary about Britney Spears … Really, the New York Times. What do you see the searing expose they have coming up on pebbles. Anyway, in it we find out that teenage Justin hadn’t become a perfect person yet. And when asked if he had sex with the girl who was big hit was called I’m a ‘Slave for you,’ he said yes. Although, I truly believe any guy willing to wear matching outfits can’t be all there,” Maher said. Also Read: 'WandaVision' Just Retconned the MCU in a Really Big Way Now Maher got some of this wrong. What Timberlake was criticized for wasn’t just saying that he and Spears had sex. It was for his treatment of Britney after they broke up, which not only included that incident but also his releasing a hit single that implied she cheated on him, helping to foster cruel, tabloid coverage of her even from supposedly legitimate media. Maher’s next example of former “The Mandalorian” actress Gina Carano, who was fired from the show at some point in the last few months, but was only confirmed to no longer be with the show in January. “Gina Carano is a person I’d never heard of and resent that I have now,” Maher said. “She’s some conservative wrestling chick who kicks ass on a show I wouldn’t watch if I was in prison. And she made some Nazi analogy… Who doesn’t these days? You’re like the Nazis is the new I don’t like you. It’s always okay when Trump’s the Nazi… that disqualifies her for marching around the planet Who Give a S— in a helmet? By the way, you can’t work in Hollywood if you don’t believe what we believe. Yeah, in the 50s. That’s exactly what the left complained they were being told” Now, Disney has not said why it parted ways with Carano, but it’s widely understood that it was related to a series of social media posts in which she spread disinformation about COVID-19, lies about the 2020 election, transphobia, and even anti-Semitic memes. What Maher refers to above however is a social media post in which she absurdly compared being a political conservative to being Jewish in Nazi Germany. It has been widely assumed that statement got her fired, but the evidence suggests she had been fired long before that point. But, just a reminder, that comparison is incredibly stupid, but isn’t actually anti-Semitic. What is, however, extremely anti-Semitic is a cartoon she tweeted in December filled with racist caricatures, which as of this writing she has still not taken down, nor has she apologized. Also Read: 'WandaVision': Is It Even Possible for Wanda and Vision to Get a Happily Ever After? Anyway, next, Maher brought up “The Bachelor” host Chris Harrison, who came under fire and has taken a temporary break from the show after he defended Rachael Kirkconnell, a frontrunner the current season, after photo was resurfaced in which she appears to be attending a plantation-themed fraternity formal in 2018, along with posts where she shared QAnon conspiracy theories and “liked” Confederate flag-related TikToks. Oh, good. Because all my life, I’ve looked up to the host of the f— a stranger show,” Maher said. “And if I thought I couldn’t count on The Bachelor for moral guidance, I don’t know if I could go on. And of course he’s not stepping away, because he’s the host of the televised snake pit where 32 female contestants are trapped in the sorority house from Hell. It’s because he wouldn’t throw one of them under the bus.” “Mature people understand humans are continually evolving, as opposed to WokeVille, where they’re always shocked we didn’t emerge enlightened from the primordial ooze,” Maher continued. “What’s Chris Harrison supposed to do? Build a time machine go back to 2018 and knock the Mint Juleps out of their hands? Maybe while he’s time traveling, he can have a word with that asshole Abraham Lincoln, who’s now cancelled in San Francisco. And they’re thinking about it in Illinois. Yes, the Land of Lincoln might cancel Lincoln.” “Memo to social justice warriors, when what you’re doing sounds like an Onion headline, stop,” Maher concluded. Read original story Maher on Cancel Culture: ‘When What You’re Doing Sounds Like an Onion Headline, Stop’ At TheWrap
Michael Colton, co-creator of the upcoming ABC comedy “Home Economics,” didn’t joke around on “Jeopardy!” this week. Colton won Friday and will return Monday in an attempt to extend his winning streak to three shows. He squeaked into the weekend by rallying in “Final Jeopardy”. In third place with “Early U.S. History” on tap, Colton’s wager was conservative, but the other two contestants also missed, and his economics wizardry put him on top with $8,402. The winning answer? The XYZ Affair. Also Read: Topher Grace-Led 'Home Economics' Comedy Ordered to Series by ABC Colton, whose ABC show will debut April 7, discussed his “Jeopardy!” fortunes Friday while promoting his day job in a Television Critics Association panel. “Thank you for bringing this up,” a joking Colton said, according to USA Today. “I was a little annoyed that none of the people before you brought it up. We’ll do a separate breakout TCA session later just to talk about it.” Colton live-tweeted Thursday’s “Jeopardy!” episode, which was taped two weeks ago and he won with $9,201. Tonight! I am on the television show Jeopardy. (7pm on ABC in Los Angeles, for other cities you're on your own.) Keep an eye out for the embarrassing moment when I tried to buy a vowel! pic.twitter.com/zuYeJwQZV8 — Michael Colton (@mikecolton) February 25, 2021 ABC ordered the Topher Grace-led comedy based on Colton’s life to series in December. John Aboud is executive producing along with Colton. Also Read: Ratings: ABC's 'The Hustler' Finale Stays Steady, CBS' 'B Positive' Hits Series High in Viewers The comedy will mark Grace’s first return to series TV since he starred as Eric Foreman on Fox’s “That ’70s Show,” which aired from 1998 to 2006. According to ABC, “Home Economics” takes a look at the heartwarming yet super uncomfortable and sometimes frustrating relationship between three adult siblings: one who’s in the one percent, one who’s middle class, and one who’s barely holding on. Read original story ‘Jeopardy!’ Fortunes Continue for Michael Colton, Co-Creator of ABC Comedy ‘Home Economics’ At TheWrap
Gustav and Koji are on their way home!
Lady Gaga’s two beloved French bulldogs, Koji and Gustav, that were stolen Wednesday have been recovered unharmed on Friday, Los Angeles police told AP. According to Capt. Jonathan Tippett, commanding officer of the elite Robbery-Homicide Division, a woman brought the dogs to LAPD’s Olympic Community Police Station Friday evening. Tippet said that the woman appears to be “uninvolved and unassociated” with the robbery that involved the dogwalker being shot. It is unclear if she will receive the $500,000 reward Gaga offered for their return. Representatives for Lady Gaga went to the police station and retrieved the dogs after confirming they were, indeed, here. Also Read: Lady Gaga's Injured Dog Walker Expected to Make 'Full Recovery,' Stolen Bulldogs Still Missing Koji and Gustav were snatched Wednesday night when a thief approached their dogwalker, Ryan Fischer, shot him with a semi-automatic handgun and took the canines before fleeing the scene in a white sedan just before 10 p.m. PT. Fischer is expected to make a full recovery, the family of the victim said in a statement to Rolling Stone. Gaga is currently in Italy, preparing to shoot her new film with Ridley Scott, playing Patrizia Reggiani, ex-wife to Maurizio Gucci, alongside Jared Leto, Al Pacino and Adam Driver. The singer’s dogs are well known to her fans at this point, as the pups pop up on her social media quite often. Read original story Lady Gaga’s 2 French Bulldogs Recovered Unharmed At TheWrap
Warning: Spoilers ahead for “WandaVision” episode 8, “Previously On.” There’s only one episode of “WandaVision” left, and a whole lot of questions remain. But we’re concerned here with one that might perhaps be overshadowed by all the huge revelations from episode 8: Where the hell is “Pietro”? Our favorite funcle (that’s fun uncle…funcle…you got it) showed up out of nowhere at the end of episode 5, played by Evan Peters and looking completely different from the version we all saw in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson. He was a major player in episode 6’s Halloween goings-on, but after he taunted Wanda about her dead husband, she booted him out of the Vision household. By episode 7, Wanda had figured out for certain he was not her brother. But we know he was still in Westview, as he popped up to startle Monica Rambeau in that episode’s mid-credits scene. So, where was he for all of this week’s episode, “Previously On”? The real Pietro, of course, is on another continent – full of holes, as Agatha so cruelly reminded us. Last we saw him, his corpse had been loaded onto a transport by Hawkeye. We never knew what happened to his body for sure, and a small part of me believed S.W.O.R.D. might’ve had that too. But apparently, the real Pietro was given the respect of burial in his home country of Sokovia. Also Read: 'WandaVision' Decided to Recast Pietro 'Relatively Early' in Development Process, Kevin Feige Says In “Previously On,” Agatha officially confirmed that Fake Pietro – “Fietro, if you will,” she joked – is her puppet. He’s not an illusion or figment of Wanda’s psyche, he’s an actual person. “No, it wasn’t literally me. Just my eyes and ears” Agatha tells Wanda in her bewitched basement, calling it “a crystalline possession.” While we don’t know exactly what “crystalline possession” entails – or what it means in regards to Pietro’s dimension of origin – it seems safe to assume that Pietro is nearby. Especially because, as Agatha laments, her magic has limits. She can’t control people who are miles away on the outskirts of town the way Wanda can. Of course, that doesn’t nail down where exactly he is. But I have a few educated guesses. During her obligatory villainous monologue, Agatha does mention transmutation, as she turns a massive fly (maybe a cicada? Some sort of bug?) into a bird. It’s not outside the realm of possibility that Agatha transformed Pietro into something else. After all, she’s been studying how to do it for years. Also Read: 'WandaVision': Did Marvel Just Bring Back an Infinity Stone? Second, assuming that Pietro took Monica captive after dropping a quippy “Snoopers gonna snoop,” Agatha would likely need him standing guard over the Captain – especially now that she’s seemingly developed her own set of powers. So perhaps Pietro is just through a side door in the basement. Monica and Pietro outside Agatha’s basement (Disney/Screengrab) Third, this week’s episode was all about exploring Wanda’s traumas. Since Wanda already severed ties with “Fietro” during the Halloween bash, it’s unlikely Agatha could get any therapeutic use out of him. So maybe, just maybe, she let whoever he really is out from under her spell and set him free. Which brings us to four: What if the fan theory that he’s from another part of the multiverse turns out to be true, and Agatha sent him back to wherever it is he came from? This is likely the least probable option. So far, “WandaVision” definitely hasn’t actually gotten around to establishing that the multiverse even exists. And “Fietro” has been too big a part of the plot to just disappear without explanation. Either way, we’re likely to see him once more before the end of next week’s finale. Or at least…we better” Next to Vision, this Pietro’s existence in this reality is the biggest question mark heading into the “WandaVision” finale. We need to know if he’s sticking around. Read original story ‘WandaVison': Where the Hell Is Pietro Now That Agatha’s Secret Is Out? At TheWrap
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Fred Segal, whose West Hollywood store helped define the Los Angeles retail scene since its opening in 1961, passed away due to complications from a stroke, his representatives told TheWrap. He was 87. “He was a true artist who dedicated his life to evolving as a human being in every aspect,” a rep for Segal said in a statement. “He challenged us to expand our minds and our hearts, to go deeper and to do better. He was an innovator, a forward thinker, a rule-breaker, a mentor to so many, such a lover of life and a humanitarian. Anyone who knew him felt his powerful energy. He worked his whole life to have self-love and to teach all of us to love one another. To the very end, he inspired us to never give up. He will be forever loved and celebrated.” Segal suffered a stroke on Feb. 5, 2014, which he revealed in a holiday card, telling friends and family that “life as we knew it would never be the same.” Also Read: Pierre Cardin, Fashion Designer and Entrepreneur, Dies at 98 His iconic store was originally located on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood but later moved to the corner of Melrose Avenue and Crescent Heights Boulevard, the location it currently resides. Segal is survived by his five children, 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, wife Tina and her two children and grandson. The family asks that to honor Fred Segal’s legacy, people can donate to the Segal Family-United World Foundation at 10960 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1100 Los Angeles, CA 90024. Read original story Fred Segal, Los Angeles Fashion Icon, Dies at 87 At TheWrap
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Having completed her debut film “Land,” Robin Wright said it wasn’t until very recently that she actually found confidence as a director. Wright had previously helmed a few episodes of her Netflix series “House of Cards,” which she compared to a “mini cinema school” that allowed her to learn on the job. That, coupled with her decades of experience as an actress, made her finally feel ready to step behind the camera for her first feature film. “I didn’t think I could do it. And then the years go by and you start imagining yourself being in that seat,” Wright told TheWrap’s Steve Pond on Friday. “You just start compiling confidence. When I was on ‘House of Cards,’ that was a real gift because I said I think I’m ready to do it, and the crew and production encouraged me to do it. And there were so many seasoned veterans I had as my backbone.” Also Read: 29 Sundance Film Festival Portraits, From Robin Wright to Vanessa Kirby (Exclusive Photos) Wright was joined in a panel discussion Friday with her “Land” co-star Demian Bichir, who said Wright had an innate gift for working with actors. He compared her to some of his other recent directors — including George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino — and added that he felt especially drawn to “Land” knowing it would be Wright’s first feature. “I believe that actor-directors, they know exactly what actors love and hate, and that’s extra clear. We all know that we like things simple, we don’t have to complicate unnecessarily,” Bichir said. “They know what we need to create, to perform. They provide the best tools, whatever you need to perform your best. They just watch us like a proud mother to their kids playing on the ground.” Wright said she spent years “observing and cataloguing” how directors give notes to actors, which helped her guide Bichir and the rest of her “Land” cast. Also Read: 'Land' Film Review: Robin Wright Relies on Nature for Her Subdued Directorial Debut “In that catalog along the years, I’ve kept so many notes of things that I never want to do that were done to me, and really cognitively focusing on, OK, I want to be able to give that actor something playable. Give them a playable verb. Don’t just say, ‘Can you walk into the room and have more energy next time?'” Wright explained. “Give some semblance of story around the note, because that’s what actors do so beautifully. They take that note and they create in their imagination that version of a take, and it’s just so beautiful to watch the evolution happen.” Bichir joked that Wright most commonly had to tell him to stop talking to bears and squirrels when they were shooting in the wilderness, but the rest came naturally. “It was very, very easy. We didn’t need to talk much. It was an instant connection,” he said. “Just by looking into each other’s eyes, we knew what we wanted to do.” Also Read: Why 'No. 7 Cherry Lane' Director Added Those Kinky Dream Scenes “Land” is the story of a grieving woman who retreats to a remote cabin in the woods to escape from herself and start over. But when she nearly dies battling the elements, she forms a mutual bond with a rustic man who has experienced his own loss and grief. The film was shot over the course of just 29 days, and financing came together so quickly that it was almost a last-minute decision for Wright to direct herself in the lead role. But her biggest concerns were not with her own performance, but with battling the weather and dealing with an ever-changing schedule to complete the film in time. Bichir said it was heartening to see how, in that short time, Wright blossomed into her new role behind the camera. “That’s probably one of the most beautiful things that I had the chance to witness, how this new ‘fish in a tank’ was just swimming like she’s done it all her life,” Bichir said. “To command such a large group of different human beings, you need to be generous and smart and kind, and it was really great how everybody expected that. And by respecting that leadership, they trust her 100%, and she carried this ship to a happy, beautiful destination.” Check out TheWrap’s full interview with Robin Wright and Demian Bichir on behalf of “Land” here and above. Read original story How Robin Wright Began ‘Compiling Confidence’ to Direct ‘Land’ (Video) At TheWrap
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Lady Gaga’s dog walker is expected to make a full recovery, the family of the victim said Friday, after being shot in a dog-napping incident earlier this week. “Thankfully, Ryan is receiving extraordinary care in the hospital right now and his doctors expect him to make a full recovery,” the Fischer family said in a statement to Rolling Stone. “We cannot possibly say enough to thank all of the first responders, nurses and doctors who have worked so tirelessly to care for Ryan.” Ryan Fischer was taken to an L.A. hospital around 10 p.m. Wednesday night after being shot while walking three of Lady Gaga’s French bulldogs. Also Read: Lady Gaga Offers $500,000 Reward After Thief Stole 2 Bulldogs and Shot Her Dog Walker Two suspects approached Fischer in a white sedan and “demanded the victim turn over the dogs at gunpoint,” according to a statement released by the Los Angeles Police Department on Friday. “The victim struggled with the suspects and was shot once by one of the suspects. The suspects took two of the three dogs and fled the scene in the suspect vehicle.” The suspects are described as two Black males around 20-25 years old, one armed with a semi-automatic handgun, which was used to shoot Fischer. According to TMZ, which published graphic video of the incident on Friday, the LAPD is “seriously looking at the possibility the shooter/thieves knew the dogs were owned by Gaga” and were targeting her for ransom. A police spokesperson declined to comment on TMZ’s report. As previously reported, the singer is currently offering a $500,000 reward for “anyone who has her dogs, no questions asked.” “Of course, we also want to thank Lady Gaga who has shown nothing but non-stop love and concern for Ryan and our family right from the outset,” the Fischer family’s statement continued. “Ryan loves Gustav and Koji as much as Lady Gaga does; so we join in her plea for their safe return.” Read original story Lady Gaga’s Injured Dog Walker Expected to Make ‘Full Recovery,’ Stolen Bulldogs Still Missing At TheWrap
WARNING: Mild spoilers for the second episode of “Allen v Farrow.” In the second episode of HBO’s “Allen v Farrow,” a taped phone call from summer 1992 between Woody Allen and Mia Farrow highlights a disturbing conversation about Allen’s relationship with her daughter, Soon-Yi. Allen starts the conversation, which takes place a year after Allen and Soon-Yi began seeing each other, by telling her “I’m not going to say I had sex with Soon-Yi.” “Are you going to call it — you had an affair with Soon-Yi?” Farrow asks, trying to confirm what he’s getting at. Also Read: Why 'Allen v. Farrow' Director Focused Only on Dylan Farrow's Account: 'Woody's Story Is Out There' When Woody responds “certainly,” Farrow points out that means he’s blaming Soon-Yi for half of it. “I’m not blaming anyone. There’s no blame to be had here,” Allen argues. When Farrow tries to refute him, he goes to say “there’s — you know, having sex with someone implies something very different.” “I’m sorry,” Farrow replies in surprise. “You told Soon-Yi before you had sex with her that she must understand this was purely for the sex, not to be taken in any kind of meaningful way, and that she must be sure to have her boyfriends at school and that’s what you expected would happen.” Farrow admitted that she began taping her own conversations once she realized Allen was doing the same due to Soon-Yi , lying when they talked. “She was saying things that both her and I knew were not true. And then it occurred to me he must be taping this for some reason. And I told one of my other kids that Woody is taping me and he said tape him right back. I’ll set up the phone.” In another conversation during the same period of time, Allen tries telling Farrow they should do a press conference together to refute the rumors that are starting to fly. That turns out to be, in Farrow’s words, “absolute bulls–t,” after Allen turns his words around and suggests that maybe they shouldn’t comment at all — unless the story is damaging. “Well of course it will be damaging,” Farrow responds, sounding shocked that Allen might suggest anything otherwise. “The truth will be damage, the story will come out that you had sex with one of my teenaged children.” “Well, if it comes out like that, I will defend myself,” Allen refuted. When Farrow asks what he could possibly say, Allen simply answers “you’ll find out,” and Farrow tells him, “you can’t deny it.” In the four-part docuseries, Farrow talks about how she tried to protect and help her daughter in the early stages of her relationship, saying she didn’t blame her for what happened. “I love her so much and I didn’t ever blame her because she was just a little kid when he came into the family,” said Farrow. “And she was a little girl. We were a family and he was in my home as my partner and as such, he had responsibilities. You don’t get to have sex with my children. That’s not part of the deal.” Episode 2 of “Allen v. Farrow” airs this Sunday on HBO at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Episodes 3-4 will air the following Sundays at the same time. Read original story ‘Allen v Farrow': Mia Farrow Recounts ‘Absolute Bulls–‘ Phone Calls With Woody Allen About Soon-Yi At TheWrap
AMC Entertainment is awarding CEO Adam Aron, among other executives, a special cash bonus to recognize their “extraordinary efforts” during the COVID-19 pandemic. The total authorized amount of bonuses being paid to employees including its “NEOs, corporate associates and theatre management” is approximately $8.3 million, according to AMC. Aron received a bonus of $3.75 million, while chief financial officer Sean Goodman received $507,500. John McDonald, EVP of US/Canada operations, received $194,550. Elizabeth Frank, VP of worldwide programming and chief content officer, received $180,650. And Stephen Colanero, EVP and CMO, received $173,875. The bonuses are “to recognize the extraordinary efforts of employees to maintain the company’s business and preserve stockholder value during the COVID-19 pandemic, encourage continued engagement and retention, and incentivize our management and employees during the continuing and unprecedented difficult business conditions,” the company said. Also Read: AMC Entertainment's Stock Jumps 60% as Wild Wall Street Run Continues Just like other theater chains, the pandemic hit AMC hard. In March of last year, more than 26,000 theater employees were furloughed, including Aron, who worked without pay. He received a $1.25 million bonus in November, and in 2017, he received a compensation package of $9.67 million, including his base salary of $1.25 million and $6.48 million in stock awards, as well as $1.92 million in non-equity incentive plan compensation. In its Q3 earnings report, AMC said its revenue for the quarter ending in September declined by 91% to $119 million due to the coronavirus pandemic. The company, owned by Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group, reported a loss of $905.8 million, compared with the company’s $54.8 million loss during the same period of time the year prior. Also Read: AMC Theatres Stock Plunges 50% as Reddit-Inspired Rally Loses Steam AMC even found itself in debt — the company had previously warned it will be out of cash by early 2021 — but has since said it raised enough capital to remain operational “through this dark coronavirus-impacted winter.” Recently, Aron negotiated a deal with Universal to allow the studio to release its films earlier than ever for premium on-demand. Read original story AMC Entertainment CEO Adam Aron Gets $3.75 Million Bonus for ‘Extraordinary Efforts’ During Pandemic At TheWrap
Facebook, following a San Francisco federal judge’s approval on Friday, will pay $650 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that claimed its facial recognition technology, used to tag photos, infringed on users’ privacy. The lawsuit alleged Facebook stored users “biometric data — namely digital scans of their faces — without prior notice or consent” — resulting in the company violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. Facebook users who submitted claims will get at least $345 from the company, per the settlement; as of mid-December, 1,571,608 claim forms had been filed. The settlement, according to U.S. District Judge James Donato, “attracted widespread support” from the class, with only three members overall objecting to the deal. “By any measure, the $650 million settlement in this biometric privacy class action is a landmark result,” Donato said. “It is one the largest settlements ever for a privacy violation.” Donato added the settlement is “a major win for consumers in the hotly contested area of digital privacy.” A Facebook rep, in a statement to TheWrap, said “We are pleased to have reached a settlement so we can move past this matter, which is in the best interest of our community and our shareholders.” Also Read: Facebook Apologizes for Removing Congresswoman's Video of Trans Pride Flag The settlement comes after traveling a “long and winding road,” the judge said, that began in 2015. Facebook initially agreed to pay $550 million last year, but another $100 million was added on at the judge’s insistence. The parties also agreed on changes Facebook will implement, which includes the following: “For all users who have not affirmatively opted in or consented to biometric scans, Facebook will set its ‘Face Recognition’ default user setting to ‘off,’ and it will delete all existing and stored face templates for class members unless Facebook obtains a class member’s express consent after a separate disclosure about how Facebook will use the face templates.” Facebook will also “delete the face templates of any class members who have had no activity on Facebook for three years,” according to the agreement. Read original story Facebook Reaches $650 Million Settlement in Facial Recognition Lawsuit At TheWrap