Meta is facing 8 lawsuits that claim Facebook and Instagram lure young people into addiction for profit

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(Business Insider) Meta is facing a fresh set of lawsuits that accuse the company of deliberately making two of its platforms, Facebook and Instagram, addictive to young people in order to profit from them.

Beasley Allen Law, the law firm that filed the eight lawsuits last week, said that the young users were driven to self-harm or developed eating disorders and sleeplessness after excessive use of Facebook and Instagram. The lawsuits were filed in Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas.

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“The defendants knew that their products and related services were dangerous to young and impressionable children and teens, yet they completely disregarded their own information,” said Andy Birchfield, a Beasley Allen attorney, in a statement on Wednesday.

One of the suits was filed on Monday by a Tennessee mother who claimed that her 15-year-old daughter’s heavy use of Meta’s products led her to suicidal ideation and self-harm.


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