Lawsuit filed by 33 US states alleges Meta knew Facebook and Instagram’s ‘addictive features harmed young people’s physical and mental health’

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Meta is being sued by the attorneys general of 33 separate US states over allegations that it intentionally created and launched features on its Facebook and Instagram social media platforms that “purposefully addict children and teens.”

“Kids and teenagers are suffering from record levels of poor mental health and social media companies like Meta are to blame,” New York state attorney general Letitia James said in a statement. “Meta has profited from children’s pain by intentionally designing its platforms with manipulative features that make children addicted to their platforms while lowering their self-esteem. Social media companies, including Meta, have contributed to a national youth mental health crisis and they must be held accountable.”