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Monday, October 19, 2015

Kanye West's angry tweets on in-app purchases highlight problem in kids' games #HNNTech

Kanye West arrives with his wife Kim Kardashian at the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards in June. West recently unleashed some angry tweets about the in-app purchases in children's games. Ironically, other parents have made similar complaints about in-app purchases in his wife's game.
Kim and Kanye (Reuters)
Toronto single mom Robyn Holmes sympathizes with Kanye West.

Like the hip-hop star, who recently dropped an F-bomb on Twitterover in-app purchases for kids' mobile video games, Holmes has been burned by her young child inadvertently racking up a bill on her tablet.

In Holmes's case, her then-four-year-old daughter was playing Angry Birds and clicked on over a dozen in-app purchase prompts to advance to new levels.

"Then I start receiving these emails on my device, 'Thanks for your purchase,' and I'm like, 'Oh my God, what purchase?"' recalls Holmes, an IT problem manager.

"I look and all of a sudden I've got this $80 bill for stuff that she's bought."

Holmes didn't realize that certain settings on the tablet allowed her daughter to make in-app purchases. She's since learned her lesson — one that West clearly just did as well, based on his recent tweet that started with an expletive and then derided "any game company that putsin-app purchases on kids games!!!"

"That makes no sense!!! We give the iPad to our child and every 5 minutes there's a new purchase!!!" West continued in another tweet.

"If a game is made for a 2 year old, just allow them to have fun and give the parents a break for Christ sake."

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