Facebook willingly let kids rack up charges with parents’ credit cards

Facebook willingly let kids rack up charges with parents’ credit cards

Facebook has settled a class action lawsuit that had accused it of allowing children to run up huge bills on their parents’ credit cards as part of a concerted effort to maximize profits. The cited documents allege that Facebook encouraged ’friendly fraud,’ meaning developers should let kids unknowingly spend money on their games. The social network also allegedly ignored employees’ warnings.

Timothy Eckstein
Timothy Eckstein 1 year

Another revelation about Facebook's corruption. Color me surprised.

BarianKing 1 year

Why is Facebook supposed to care? Parents need to do a better job “parenting.”

Ivan Ivanovich Ivanovski
Ivan Ivanovich Ivanovski 1 year

As much as I dislike Facebook, this is on the parents

Rage Against the Vagine
Rage Against the Vagine 1 year

lol so does Microsoft , Sony, and steam

Andromeda 1 year

Facebook can be blamed for a lot of things but with this I think Facebook has not a lot of burden of responsibility to have; parents need to take on some responsibility for their kid's internet activities. My child bought a load of movies off Amazon once because I let them have a remote to a Fire Stick. It was my fault not Amazon's. I assigned the credit card, I didn't set the safeguards then gave free reign to a child.

Lance 1 year

protest them with your wallets. delete your facebook and never go back. i did and I've been much happier with life in general since i deleted my facebook.

Anubis 1 year

Anyone that believes Mark Z and Facebook are altruistic in nature are the definition of naive. Social Media is one of the single worst things introduced and thrust upon humanity.

CommanderVaasDC 1 year


Planet Kaos
Planet Kaos 1 year

Not surprising at all. Facebook has been proven to be a bad company that clearly does not "care" about their users. No FB among my circles.

IIZard 1 year

Who even uses Facebook anymore?

NPC #9273635
NPC #9273635 1 year

That's just the tip of the zuckerBERG

Lenwë 1 year

Of course they would, they don’t care about the people that use Facebook. Just their money.

Max Nutty
Max Nutty 1 year

As long as Facebook gets money they don't care how they get it.

Silvio Pires
Silvio Pires 1 year

One day people will deny they were on this TOTALLY moronic platform! That guy is a con-artist and has been from the very beginning by stealing the idea from his friends and then paying them off. The guy is a disgusting slime ball!!!

Kenguru Safari
Kenguru Safari 1 year

who cares if the people still using facebook lose money? if they have not deleted fb yet, they are already degenerates, useless to the human race.

liberty Ann
liberty Ann 1 year

I hate Fake Book. I would not let any child of mine have an account to start with. They are privacy stealers and money grabbers. But if you give your kids your credit card number then YOU are stupid.

truther 84
truther 84 1 year

what do you expect from David Rockefeller's grandson?

darren heng
darren heng 1 year

The main cause of it imo is the bad practice of saving credit card information (and the security number) by default, rather than having an opt-in system standard to a majority of online purchasing systems. While having a one-click system for payment without needing any extra authentication, in terms of a credit card security number is certainly convenient, having it be on by default as opposed to opt in really opens the doors to exploitng those who do not know better, which i can assume most here in the comments know, but the same may not hold for children and well-meaning parents of these children. The fact that Facebook knew about this issue and knowingly did nothing, and in fact tried to actively prevent people from refunding makes it more on Facebook than poor parenting.

Mike Clark
Mike Clark 1 year

Fakebook has leaked so much information, mislead customers, and participated in immoral marketing practices, but still the government do nothing. Clearly they use it to spy on people, it's the only reason they are so protected.

Nico 1 year

A lot of people are saying “this wouldn’t have happened if people were just better parents”, as if those parents are literally watching every swipe of the phone and every character typed and don’t have jobs to get to, in order to pay the bills. There is no way for parents to monitor their kids to that level without it being an egregious invasion of privacy and besides, that’s not even the point. Facebook knowingly accepted charges from kids’ accounts when there was a method of payment available and didn’t inform the parents when a purchase was made. All they had to do was send the respective credit card or debit card owner’s phone a text or some other kind of form of verification and wait for a response, before processing a transaction. It’s not that hard to introduce some type of 2-favor authentication and even if it does requires some R&D, Facebook has the money to make it happen...because the last thing they needed was yet ANOTHER scandal, yet they didn’t even try. How is that the parents’ fault?

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