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Hungary gives Facebook a fine of millions for pretending to be free

2019-12-06T17:07:49.117Z

The Hungarian competition watchdog Hungarian Competition Authority has imposed a fine on Facebook for pretending to be a free service. The fine amounts to 1.2 trillion forint (more than 3.5 million euros), writes Bloomberg on Friday.



The Hungarian competition watchdog Hungarian Competition Authority has imposed a fine on Facebook for pretending to be a free service. The fine amounts to 1.2 trillion forint (more than 3.5 million euros), writes Bloomberg on Friday.

Facebook used the online activity and data of users to make money. That data was considered 'payment' for the services of Facebook, the regulator said Friday in an email that Bloomberg had viewed.

The regulator believes that claiming that the social medium is free may have misled users; they did not know the value of the data they gave Facebook. The misleading terms of use were on the Facebook site until October 23, 2019. A Facebook spokesperson was not yet available for comment.

According to the competition watchdog, this fine for violating consumer rights was the highest in Hungary's history.

Source: nunl

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