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Dozens of US States sue Instagram for its contribution to depression, others 

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Dozens of US states are suing Meta platforms and Instagram, accusing them of contributing to a mental health crisis among the youth through the addictive use of their social media platforms, according to information from Reuters.

The complaint was filed today at the Oakland California Federal Court. 33 states in America said that Meta, the company that operates Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, has repeatedly misled the public about the potential dangers of its platforms and knowingly initiated young children and teenagers into addictive and compulsive use of social media.

The lawsuit alleges that Meta aims to ensure young people spend as much time as possible on its social media platforms despite knowing that teenage brains are susceptible to the need for approval and seek validation in the form of “likes” from other users about their content.

This lawsuit would be the latest of the strings of legal actions against social media companies on behalf of young children and teenagers. TikTok and YouTube are also subjects of lawsuits on behalf of children and teens on the addictiveness of social media.

Meta responded by saying that it has sought to make young people safe online.

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Meta’s shares have slightly declined by 0.3% since the lawsuit was made public.

 

 

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