Facebook Sued by Calif. Teens for Illegal Advertising Endorsements

08/30/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Los Angeles, CA—Two teenagers have filed a lawsuit against the social media networking giant, Facebook, for allegedly selling their names and images to advertisers without parental permission, according to the Associated Press.

The lawsuit was filed on Thursday, August 26, 2010, in Los Angeles, which claims that the Palo Alto-based Facebook has violated the California law, which required parental consent for any children to appear in commercial endorsements.

According to the lawsuit, a feature on the networking site allowed members to note that they like an advertised service or product, which is then broadcasted to the user’s friends. In addition, the lawsuit claims that “minor unwittingly endorse Facebook when people typing their names in a search engine are steered to a Facebook sign-up page.”

Andrew Noyes, a Facebook spokesperson claims that the lawsuit is meritless; adding Facebook doesn’t allow users under 18 to let their profiles appear on public search engines.

The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages.

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