New Mexico Attorney General Raul Torrez announced Wednesday that the state has accused Facebook and Instagram’s parent company Metaplatforms and CEO Mark Zuckerberg of sexual abuse, online solicitation, and other charges against the social media company. The government announced that it had filed a lawsuit alleging that it failed to protect children from human trafficking.
Raul Torrez said in a statement: “Our investigation into Meta’s social media platform shows that it is not a safe place for children, but rather that predators traffic in child pornography and abuse minors. “It turned out to be a great place to solicit sex from people.”
He said meth has allowed “dozens of adults to find and contact children and coerce them into providing sexually explicit photos of themselves or participating in pornographic videos.” Stated.
In response, Meta said the company uses advanced technology, employs child safety experts, reports the content to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and is working with “other companies and other companies to root out predators.” “We are sharing information and tools with law enforcement, including state attorneys general.” ”
In August alone, Meta announced that it had disabled more than 500,000 accounts for violating its child sexual exploitation policies.
Raul Torrez said Mark Zuckerberg and other Meta executives “recognize that their products can cause serious harm to young users, but they are committed to preventing child sexual exploitation.” “We haven’t made enough changes to the platform.”
Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen announced Tuesday that the state will sue Mr. Mehta, saying Instagram is “deliberately designed to be addictive, especially to minors.”
In October, more than 40 US states sued Meta for making its social media platform addictive and fueling a mental health crisis among young people.
Attorneys general in 33 states, including California and New York, have accused Meta of repeatedly misleading the public about the dangers of its platform and intentionally encouraging young children and teens to engage in addictive and compulsive social media use. He said he was guided to. Eight other U.S. states and Washington, D.C., have filed similar lawsuits.
These lawsuits are the latest in a series of lawsuits against social media companies on behalf of children and teens.
Meta, ByteDance’s TikTok, and Alphabet’s YouTube already face hundreds of lawsuits on behalf of children and school districts over the addictive nature of social media.
On Tuesday, U.S. Sens. Ed Markey and Bill Cassidy said Meta was intentionally circumventing child privacy laws and called on the company to stop this practice.
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