Press Briefing: Senators, Coalition Call for Sweeping National Digital Privacy Legislation

Date of Release: 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Contact: 
Mike Stankiewicz, mstankiewicz@citizen.org, (202) 588-7779
Jeff Chester jeff@democraticmedia.org (202) 494-7100

MEDIA ADVISORY
Press Briefing: Senators, Coalition Call for Sweeping National Digital Privacy Legislation
Experts to Demand Federal Action to Combat Growing Digital Consumer and Civil Rights Threats

It’s time to hold Facebook accountable

In January, it was revealed that Facebook knowingly defrauded children and their families out of millions of dollars by intentionally misleading children into making in-app purchases. The company referred to children who unintentionally spent thousands of dollars as “whales,” a casino industry term for high-rollers, and refused to refund unauthorized purchases. Not only did the company not refund these unauthorized charges, they encouraged them.

Over a Dozen Children’s and Consumer Advocacy Organizations Request Federal Trade Commission to Investigate Facebook for Deceptive Practices

Date of Release: 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Contact: 
David Monahan, CCFC: david@commercialfreechildhood.org; (617) 896-9397
Lisa Cohen, Common Sense: lcohen@commonsense.org; (310) 395-2544

Over a Dozen Children’s and Consumer Advocacy Organizations Request Federal Trade Commission to Investigate Facebook for Deceptive Practices

Tell Google: Adopt the Kids’ App Store Standards now!

From left: in Doctor Kids, a character cries after players decline an in-app purchase; an inappropriate, full-screen gambling ad appears in Dentist Games for Kids; a glowing cake in Olaf's Adventures looks like a game item, but brings kids to a purchase screen

Apps for kids shouldn’t serve deceptive ads, collect personal data, or trick children into making in-app purchases – but Google recommends a slew of “family-friendly” apps that do just that! 

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