Personal Injury Lawyer Blog Providing
Info in Miami & Nationwide

"Colson Hicks Eidson is recognized as one of the top litigation firms in the country, handling local, national and international litigation for a wide range of clients." - Chambers USA


If You Were Exposed To Water At Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune In North Carolina, Submit Your Information By Clicking Here. Or Contact Us At: 305-476-7400

Lawsuit Says Facebook Uses Kids to Be Unpaid Corporate Shills

August 16, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

Facebook is using the First Amendment to defend itself against a class action lawsuit by two parents in Illinois. In a story at, the parents filed suit against the social network giant based on how Facebook uses its “like” feature.

The lawsuit points out that Facebook uses the “like” feature to monitor the likes and interests of minors. It then markets products based on those interests to others in the minor’s network of friends. Facebook contends that consumer opinion is a matter of public interest and protected by the First Amendment. It is asking the federal judge in Illinois to dismiss the lawsuit.

Apparently, when a Facebook user “likes” a product advertised on Facebook, they can type an endorsement of it. That endorsement, along with the user’s name and profile photo, circulates among their network of friends. The users, minors in this case, are unpaid commercial endorsers of the product or products. The plaintiff parents say that children lack the capacity to agree to be unpaid advertisers and marketers.

Did you like this blog post? If so, and you’re of majority,  feel free to click the thumbs-up icon just to the left in the black border.

Colson Hicks Eidson – Florida class action lawyers