Meta Faces Legal Action Accused of Exploiting Youth for Profit

Written by on October 31, 2023

Meta Faces Legal Action: Accused of Exploiting Youth for Profit

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Meta Faces Legal Action Accused of Exploiting Youth for Profit

Meta Faces Legal Action Accused of Exploiting Youth for Profit


Meta Faces Legal Action: Accused of Exploiting Youth for Profit

A coalition of 33 U.S. states, including prominent ones like New York and California, has initiated legal proceedings against Meta Platforms, the parent company of Instagram. The lawsuit alleges that Meta, through the addictive designs of Instagram, is contributing to a youth mental health crisis.
Key Points:
Bi-Partisan Legal Challenge: The lawsuit, filed in federal court, accuses Meta of violating children’s online privacy and state consumer protection laws. The bi-partisan group contends that Meta’s practices manipulate young users for financial gain, exacerbating the alarming rise of mental health issues among the youth.
Allegations of Manipulation: The legal filing argues that Meta has utilized unprecedented technologies to attract, engage, and entangle youth and teens. The primary motive, according to the lawsuit, is profit.
Meta’s Response: Meta refutes the allegations, asserting its dedication to ensuring safe online experiences for teenagers.
Internal Instagram Research Leak: Last year, internal research findings from Instagram, a Meta-owned platform, were leaked. The documents indicated that “Teens who struggle with mental health say Instagram makes it worse” and revealed that “1 in 3 girls blame Instagram” for exacerbating their body image concerns.
Worsening Mental Health Trends: The broader context reveals that 44% of high schoolers reported experiencing persistent sadness or hopelessness in the previous year, marking a 40% increase since 2010.
Potential Ramifications: If the legal action proves successful, Meta could face substantial fines and be compelled to implement significant changes to its platforms and advertising strategies. The ripple effect might extend to other social platforms such as TikTok and Snapchat.
This legal challenge underscores the intensifying scrutiny of social media platforms and their impact on the well-being of young users.
[Source: Daily Wire, WSJ]







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