Facebook Could Face Consumer Fraud Charge


The social networking Web site Facebook has been warned that it could face a consumer fraud charge in the state of New York.

A spokesman for New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says the Palo Alto-based company has failed to live up to claims that youngsters using the service are safer from sexual predators than at most other Web sites.

Cuomo announced last week that he had subpoenaed Facebook after he said the company did not respond to "many" complaints by investigators who were solicited for sex while posing as 12- to 14-year-olds on the site.

Officials from Cuomo's office met with Facebook on Friday after they said Facebook took three days to answer calls and e-mails from state investigators.