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Mommy Facebook Suit

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I am enjoying reading about lawsuits lately.  Here’s the latest one:

A mom in California is suing Facebook because her kid racked up Facebook charges without her permission.  In California, there are laws that prevent minors from buying things online without their parent’s permission.  And, on Facebook, you cannot purchase anything if you are under 18 without your parent’s permission.  The mother, Glynnis Bohannon, says that this isn’t enough and is filing a 5 million dollar lawsuit that I am sure she is looking to turn into a class action lawsuit.  It definitely falls under the side of parental responsibility.  If your child has a Facebook account, they need a credit card to buy Facebook credit.  If the parent gives this credit card information freely to their child, whose fault is it if the child uses it?  And if the parent doesn’t check if they deleted the credit card information so the child doesn’t use it without their permission, whose fault is it?  I feel as though this mom is looking to blame Facebook instead of looking at herself and her child to blame for the credit card bill.

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