|A California court has decided that the social network must provide refunds for purchases made in apps and games by children without their parents’ permission. Now hundreds of thousands of people across the United States could legally claim back money from Facebook.
It all started with a class action lawsuit brought against Facebook more than 4 years ago by two children and their parents over purchases of the now defunct virtual currency Facebook Credits (now known as Facebook Payments) made using the parents’ bank cards. Facebook Credits were designed as a form of payment for virtual goods within such games as Farmville and Bejeweled.
The first child obtained a permission from his mother to spend $20 to unlock features within the game Ninja Emblem, but later her account was charged several hundred dollars for purchases the kid made within the game with what he thought was not real money.
The other kid also racked up charges of over $1,000 after taking a parent’s bank card without permission. As a result, the plaintiffs brought the class action case on behalf of all underage Facebook users who made purchases through their accounts. The case applies across the United States and centered around a piece of California legislation called the Family Code, which protects children from their lack of judgment and prevents corporations from exploiting their immaturity.
Facebook argued that the children had received and used the electronic goods they paid for, but the court ruled that the minors were entitled to refunds even for items they used. As a result of the settlement approved by the court, Facebook has been forced to introduce a feature to allow its users to request refunds for purchases made by minors.
Saturday, July 30th, 2016
|may the face be with you.....slap em back with their own book !|
just how far does greed go to dictate appalling practices for a few dollars ?
facebook execs would be the first to cry foul over a parking fine but it's ok to con kids into handing over money without parental permission !!
farrrrkin immoral ! i'd shutdown facebook in a heartbeat an redisign the platform totally so it works as social app , not a money grabbing information collating spying piece of crap....
|"Your honor these children should be held accountable for their actions!" lol what lawyer can sleep at night using that argument. Shame shame.|
|Fakebook Blows end of story.|
|Never had any use for FB,and doubt I ever will. If it went away I would never notice unless they were crying about it everywhere else.|
|What the hell? Hey I'm no FB or big business fan but this ruling is BS! Any parent stupid enough to give a child (Who by law is unaccountable for lack of judgement) a tool as powerful as a PC and then give them the key to the family jewels and go watch their grey's anatomy while said kid does as they please. Deserves to pay whatever money is spent!!! It's like these parents who have fat kids. If you can't be bothered to get up and do something aboot your kid being a disgusting fatbody, you simply shouldn't have kids. But, at very least you should be made to pay for all the future heart surgery and eventual funeral. Bad parenting is responsible for the majority of the world's problems and it's only getting worse.|
|posted by (2016-07-31 08:46:10)|
|I remember a couple of years ago, a mother living in the USA was fined by the music industry because her 14 year old daughter downloaded music on her computer. Why is it the "The Family Code" wasn't applied here?|
|Also protects idiots like myself who get all clicky-clicky on those games that are very addicting .. "uhhh... yea.. sure my kid made all those charges...BAD BOY BAD! ..."||
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