Facebook Used Games to Bilk Millions of Dollars From Children, Rejected Internal Solutions

Facebook created a system that allowed children to spend tens of millions of dollars through their parents’ credit cards and Paypal accounts on games and other goods without their parents’ knowledge. Despite, concerns raised by game developers and solutions suggested by internal analysts, did nothing to fix the issue, according to a trove of documents unsealed from a 2012 class action lawsuit.
The more-than 150 pages of depositions, analysis, internal reports, and exhibits were unsealed following a motion filed by the Center for Investigative Reporting’s Reveal publication in the Bohannon vs. Facebook case. The documents seem to lay out a clear timeline of how Facebook reshaped itself to open access to its once adult-only website to children, clearing the way for significant unauthorized spending.

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