FB "fools" kids, parents to spend thousands of dollars to play free games

According to report, the case of a 12-year-old boy came to the notice when he had spent nearly $1,000 in the game 'Ninja Saga', which led to a lawsuit in 2012.

Saima Siddiqui

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Published on 27 Jan 2019 12:12 PM GMT

FB fools kids, parents to spend thousands of dollars to play free games
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San Francisco: The social media giant Facebook has been accused by a tech news website on Saturday, for "tricking" kids and their parents to spend thousands of dollars on free-to-play games.

A Tech news website reported "And the company often denied attempts by parents to recover hundreds or even thousands of dollars until credit card companies "clawed back" the money from Facebook."

According to records that are part of a class-action lawsuit, and include internal Facebook memos, secret strategies and employee emails, the social media giant is engaged in what was internally dubbed "friendly fraud" in order to maximize its revenues.

According to report, the case of a 12-year-old boy came to the notice when he had spent nearly $1,000 in the game 'Ninja Saga', which led to a lawsuit in 2012.

The time span for the abuses covered 2010 to 2014, but the documents related to these cases were not released until now.

An internal Facebook survey of users alleged that many parents did not even realize that the social networking giant was storing their credit card information.

Moreover, parents also did not know that their children are using credit cards without re-entering a password or some other form of verification.

Saima Siddiqui

Saima Siddiqui

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