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Do you waive your right to sue if you follow a company on social media?

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - General Mills quietly tweaked its legal and privacy policies, which made getting coupons or joining a contest online two things that would simultaneously prevent you from being able to sue the company.

Some critic argue the new privacy policy could make it nearly impossible for consumers to sue the company.  The big question is whether courts will consider the policy a binding agreement.

The food giant stated:  "New provisions relating to any disputes. These new provisions contain an agreement to resolve any and all disputes you may have with General Mills or any of its affiliated companies or brands contain through informal negotiations and, if these negotiations fail, through binding arbitration. This includes disputes related to the purchase or use of any General Mills product or service. All arbitrations will be conducted on an individual basis; you may not arbitrate as a member of a class. Claims may not be brought in court (with the limited exception of small claims court in certain circumstances), nor may you participate in any class action litigation."

But what about Tweeting or just liking a General Mills company's Facebook page? There's concern about that, too.

Pedram Tabibi, a social media lawyer, said the terms are so broad that it's hard to tell. He said he is still wary even though a spokesperson for General Mills came out to say Facebook and Twitter are not part of the new legal terms.

Consumers are making their displeasure known -- on social media.

Tabibi says the only way to know your rights on any social media site is to read its terms of service as well as those of any company.
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