Lawsuit Alleges Social Media Giant Meta Put Growth Ahead of Young Users Safety

Unredacted sections of a lawsuit against Meta allege the social media juggernaut prioritized company growth ahead of the safety of its younger users, while the company refutes these claims and says it has devoted a lot of time and resources to keep minors safe online.

Last December, New Mexico Attorney General Raúl Torrez filed a lawsuit against Meta Platforms, its subsidiaries and CEO Mark Zuckerberg over allegations the company’s social media platforms were unsafe for children.

In the lawsuit filing, Mr. Torrez alledges Meta fails to remove Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) across its platforms and enables adults to find, contact, and solicit underage users.

He also argues that Meta harms children and teenagers through the addictive design of its platform, degrading users’ mental health, their sense of self-worth, and their physical safety.

Meta has already been the subject of a separate lawsuit from October 2023, when 33 states claimed it is harming young people and contributing to the youth mental health crisis by knowingly and deliberately designing features on Instagram and Facebook that addict children to its platforms.

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