It is has been reported that advocates are urging the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Facebook “after court records unsealed last month showed the social media giant deployed a business model that knowingly duped children out of money.” It was further reported that “[t]he unsealed court documents – more than 150 pages of internal Facebook memos, strategies and emails between employees that span from 2010 to 2014 – show that the Silicon Valley company knew children were unwittingly spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on its games.” Facebook apparently did not require a parental notification or consent, and children were sometimes not aware that they were incurring charges of “real” money. Rather, they likely believed they were using tokens or game money. In one instance, a parent’s credit card was charged $6,500 in a few weeks. Children as young as 5 were involved.
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