Facebook, Instagram harm young people’s mental health, lawsuit says

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(NEW YORK) — Dozens of states are taking action Tuesday against Meta, formerly known as Facebook, for allegedly harming young people’s mental health.

A federal lawsuit and parallel state lawsuits allege that Meta knowingly designed and deployed harmful features on Instagram and Facebook that purposefully addict children and teens.

The states also allege Meta routinely collects data on children under 13 without informing parents or obtaining parental consent.

“Its motive is profit, and in seeking to maximize its financial gains, Meta has repeatedly misled the public about the substantial dangers of its Social Media Platforms,” the lawsuit said. “It has concealed the ways in which these Platforms exploit and manipulate its most vulnerable consumers: teenagers and children. And it has ignored the sweeping damage these Platforms have caused to the mental and physical health of our nation’s youth. In doing so, Meta engaged in, and continues to engage in, deceptive and unlawful conduct in violation of state and federal law.”

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