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Facebook knowingly let kids rack up huge gaming bills on their parents’ credit cards

January 26, 2019 / Kaitlyn Tiffany

Court documents detailing how Facebook allowed and encouraged mobile games on its platform to take advantage of children will be made public, a federal judge ruled this month. The more than 135 pages of documents pertain to a class action lawsuit that was filed in California in 2012 and settled in 2016, resulting in refunds for purchases made by minors between 2008 and 2015.That Facebook and other platforms were allowing kids to make unapproved purchases was public information for many years, but just how intentional Facebook was about encouraging this spending was unclear until now.Reveal News, part of the Center for Investigative Reporting, requested the documents — which include memos, employee emails, and internal strategy documents from 2010 to 2014 — and was permitted to see excerpts, of which it published a summary on Thursday. They detail children spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars in popular games like PetVille, Barn Buddy, Angry Birds, and Fruit Ninja,...