Not so fast, Facebook. Citing privacy concerns, two US-based watchdog groups file an FTC complaint hoping to block its planned $19 billion purchase of WhatsApp.
Complaint alleges that Mobbles, a game in which children collect and care for virtual pets, violated federal law by collecting personal information of children under 13 without parental consent.
For the third time in Facebook history, the social network will put a vote about how it does business to its members. And if history is any guide, turnout will be low.
After the social network announced that it might abolish users' voting privileges on site governance, consumer groups say the company is violating its settlement agreement with the FTC.
Seventeen advocacy groups called on the federal agency to investigate what they called the "commercial exploitation of youths" though viral marketing campaigns.
Coalition, which includes those claiming video games can cause "mental-health problems," wants rules that may mean credit cards or driver's licenses for age verification.
Facebook hires an American Civil Liberties Union attorney with ties to privacy groups to serve in the newly created position of public-policy director.
Child advocates plan to ask the FTC for rules that would protect teens from data collection and targeted marketing on sites like MySpace and Facebook.
Electronic Privacy Information Center and Center for Digital Democracy want feds to change Ask.com's supposedly privacy-invading practices. Alas, the practices don't exist.