Facebook let kids run up huge bills to boost revenues
28 January, 2019, 06:13 | Author: Sara Gill
"We were contacted by the Center for Investigative Reporting previous year, and we voluntarily unsealed documents related to a 2012 case about our refund policies for in-app purchases that parents believe were made in error by their minor children". In many cases, over-spending by minors was the result of either children not realizing they were spending real money by purchasing in-game goodies and currency, or parents not knowing that their credit card information had been stored in the games that their kids are playing. It was known at Facebook as "friendly fraud", meaning a minor was using the app on a parent's or grandparent's account.
"In almost all cases the parents knew their child was playing Angry Birds, but didn't think the child would be allowed to buy anything without their password or authorisation first", read one memo, written by Facebook employee Danny Stein.
The files show discussions between Facebook employees about how in-app payments were occurring within the platform, and whether children might be unwittingly spending real money during games. Employees suggested giving money back, but leaders did not respond to those suggestions.
One teenager reportedly spent $6,500 over about two weeks of Facebook gaming and the company allegedly denied refunds in cases like this.
The report goes on to say that Facebook knew that many of these children didn't know they were making purchases, but continued to offer the products anyway, even after developers came up with a fix.
The multi-year effort was detailed in a class action lawsuitrevealing Facebook's alleged attempts to increase revenue for games like AngryBirds and PetVille.
A full overview of the particularly troubling bits of what was released can be found over on Reveal's website, including links to the released documents and snippets of conversations between Facebook and the developers of the games in question.
As part of the settlement of the 2016 case, Facebook said it works with parents and experts to provide tools for families. With that settlement, Facebook agreed "to dedicate an internal queue to refund requests for in-app purchases made by USA minors".
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