Facebook agrees to refunds on in-app purchases by minors

July 28, 2016
In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. Court documents show Facebook has agreed to allow users to request refunds of in-app purchases made by minors as part of a May 2016 settlement of a class-action lawsuit. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Court documents show Facebook has agreed to allow users to request refunds of in-app purchases made by minors as part of a settlement of a class-action lawsuit.

The lawsuit was brought in 2012 by two children and their parents. It claimed the children racked up hundreds of dollars in purchases of Facebook Credits, a since-discontinued currency used by the site.

Under the approved by a California federal court in May, Facebook agreed to add an option for requesting an in-app purchase refund on the grounds that it was made by a minor. It also agrees to have a dedicated team to handle such requests.

Menlo Park, California-based Facebook hasn't responded to a request for comment.

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