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Meta in Germany – paid ad-free button case

In a recent case, the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court made a significant ruling against Meta Platforms Ireland. The court found that Meta's use of unclear order buttons in their paid ad-free service on Facebook and Instagram violated consumer protection laws. The court emphasized that companies have a legal obligation to label order buttons with clear wording that indicates an obligation to pay. This ruling serves as a reminder to companies of the importance of providing transparent and informative ordering processes to protect consumers. Adhering to consumer protection regulations is crucial, particularly in the context of online transactions, to ensure a fair and transparent marketplace.

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