Hungary watchdog fines Facebook for misleading users

Hungary watchdog fines Facebook for misleading users

The Facebook logo is displayed on a mobile phone in this picture illustration
The Facebook logo is displayed on a mobile phone in this picture illustration taken December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/Illustration

BUDAPEST: Hungary's competition watchdog has fined Facebook 1.2 billion forints (US$4 million), its biggest fine to date, for misleading users by claiming its services were free.

The watchdog said Facebook Ireland had breached the law with adverts posted on its front page and help centre.

"While users did not have to pay a fee for using the service, they still made a profit for the company through their user activity and data," the watchdog said on Friday.

It said the user data Facebook gathered enabled it to post targeted ads for users. In addition, users were not aware of the amount and value of data handed over to Facebook while using the service.

When setting the fine, the watchdog did note that Facebook had since amended the misleading statements.

Source: Reuters

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