The states argue that Meta’s social media apps are designed to be addictive, particularly for younger users.
This has led to numerous negative outcomes, such as depression, anxiety, and interference with daily life and education. Authorities claim that meta has prioritized profits over the safety and wellbeing of users, despite the company’s denial of these allegations. The focus on Meta has intensified following a whistleblower’s disclosures in 2021, revealing that the company was aware of Instagram’s addictive nature and its adverse impact on the body image of some teenage girls.
There have been accusations that Meta has violated laws prohibiting data collection from children under 13, and deceived users by denying any harmful effects of its social media.