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  • General Mills legal policy change spooks Facebook fans

    Mashable - 04/17/2014

    General Mills faced a PR disaster Thursday after a report in The New York Times stated that liking any of the company’s brands on Facebook prevents them from suing the company in court.

    On Tuesday, Cheerios parent company General Mills updated the privacy policy on its website. The new language alerts consumers that they waive their right to sue the company if they download coupons or join one of the company’s “online communities,” which legal experts took to mean social media sites. A rep for General Mills, though, now says those communities don’t include Facebook. Those who join one of the online communities are required to use informal negotiation via email or go through arbitration — rather than the courts — to seek relief if they have a dispute with the company.

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