A new lawsuit claims social media’s most popular platforms; Instagram, Snapchat and Tiktok are fueling mental health disorders in teenage users.
Social media giants Meta (Instagram), Snapchat and Tiktok have recently been slammed with a new lawsuit. It’s no secret that social media’s effect on society as a collective and today’s youth has an impressionable and damaging effect on teenagers.
The legal consequences of what happens on social media platforms have been shielded from companies for decades. The industry is concerned that recent changes in public opinion and court rulings might change this.
According to the Headspace National Youth Mental Health Survey, 57% of young people believe their mental health is deteriorating, with 42% blaming it on social media.
The latest lawsuits assert product liability claims to navigate around Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. This section shields tech companies from liability for third-party content. The lawsuit is the latest in a string of lawsuits linking social media with mental health problems in minors.
” social media and electronic device use associated with major mental health injuries, including depression, self-harm, eating disorders, suicide attempts and ideation, dissatisfaction with life, depression, and sleep deprivation.”
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