Tennessee And 32 States Sue Meta, Alleging Harm To Youth Mental Health

Oct 25, 2023 | Political News

Tennessee has joined a broad, bipartisan 33-state coalition in filing a federal lawsuit in California against Meta, which operates Instagram and Facebook, alleging harms to youths’ “mental and physical” health after a nationwide investigation announced in 2021 involving many of the coalition’s member states.

The lawsuit alleges that Meta “designed and deployed harmful features on Instagram and Facebook that addict children and teens” and seeks injunctive and monetary relief. More specifically, the lawsuit claims Meta has violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, which protects the online privacy of children under 13 years old, California’s False Advertising Law, which prohibits false and misleading advertising, and California’s Unfair Competition Law, which prohibits unlawful, unfair and fraudulent business practices. 

“Our bipartisan investigation has arrived at a solemn conclusion: Meta has been harming our children and teens, cultivating addiction to boost corporate profits,” said California Attorney General Bonta in a public statement. “With today’s lawsuit, we are drawing the line. We must protect our children and we will not back down from this fight. I am grateful for the collaboration of my fellow state attorneys general in standing up for our children and holding Meta accountable.”