This month, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered the centralization of 28 product liability cases filed in 17 districts against Meta Platforms, Inc.
Those lawsuits allege that Meta’s Facebook and Instagram platforms, as well as the platforms of certain other social media defendants, are defective because they are designed to maximize user screen time, which can encourage addictive behavior in adolescents. The plaintiffs further allege Meta and other social media company defendants, such as TikTok and YouTube, were aware their platforms were harmful to minors but failed to warn the public.
Susan spoke with them about the latest spate of litigation:
” If we’re learning that algorithms that Meta, TikTok, and all the other social media platforms have are pushing content in front of these 12-year-olds, at what point do they have responsibility for what information they’re pushing?”
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