(Bloomberg) -- Facebook Inc. defeated a bid for a group lawsuit claiming the company illegally gave its users’ personal information to advertisers, with a judge ruling the plaintiffs didn’t have enough in common to pursue a class action.

Facebook users accused the social network of “automatically and surreptitiously” disclosing to advertisers information about them when they clicked on ads. They said that information included how they were using the website, which was “contrary to Facebook’s explicit privacy promises.”

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