Close
Report Comment to a Moderator Our Moderators review all comments for abusive and offensive language, and ensure comments are from Verified Users only.
Please report a comment only if you feel it requires our urgent attention.
I understand, report it. Cancel

Facebook faces lawsuit over virtual currency and underage gamers

Facebook faces lawsuit over virtual currency and underage gamers

Fri 20 Apr 2012 5:52pm GMT / 1:52pm EDT / 10:52am PDT
OnlineLegal

Facebook facing charges over improperly setting up protection against allowing minors to purchase items online

The largest social network in the world, Facebook, is once again under hot water for practices relating to microtransactions on the site. A new lawsuit filed in California is seeking to refund all purchases made by minors without the permission of parents. The claim says that the purchase of such items violates California's consumer protection laws.

Under Facebook's policies regarding actual purchases, children under the age of 18 are not allowed to buy things off the site without parental approval. Glynnis Bohannon believes that Facebook is not taking enough protective measures to ensure that kids are able to work around those guidelines, and now seeks a full refund for any purchases made by her teenage child, as well as refunds for all those made by minors in the US.

Facebook has already had some run-in with this type of claim, and things could be on shaky ground now that Apple is facing a Federal Judge's decision that says the company openly distributed free iOS apps to trick minors into making purchases. The Facebook gaming apps in question allegedly employ the same practices, and Bohannon is seeking refunds in the neighborhood of $5 million.

The claim specifically says that Bohannon is seeking refunds for "all parents and legal guardians in the United States whose minor children made unauthorized purchases of Facebook Credits from the minor child's Facebook account."

[via Gamasutra]

1 Comment

John Bye Senior Game Designer, Future Games of London

484 456 0.9
"Facebook is not taking enough protective measures to ensure that kids are able to work around those guidelines"

There's another "not" missing in there somewhere. :)

Posted:2 years ago

#1

Login or register to post

Take part in the GamesIndustry community

Register now