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Instagram and Youth Harm

Vulnerable children have drastically increased the amount they use social media over the past decade. Unfortunately, the rates of self- harm within this same population have also gone up with such use. These rising rates of self-harm, suicidal ideation and eating disorders, even in children as young as 10, have been alleged to be directly related to the harms Facebook (now Meta) knew about.

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Some now allege that this largely unregulated industry treats the wellbeing of innocent children and teens as collateral damage in the race for user growth and profits. Meta denies the allegations raised by Haugen and that its social media platforms are harmful to users.

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Motley Rice is reviewing allegations that multiple social media platforms, including Instagram and Snapchat, intentionally and deliberately designed their social media platforms without regard to the safety of our children. Specifically, Motley Rice is reviewing allegations that Instagram and Snapchat’s respective parent companies Facebook Inc. (Meta Platforms, Inc. since 10/28/2021) and Snap Inc.: 

♦ Created algorithms designed to addict children and lead them to increasingly provocative images that often promote eating disorders, self-harm, suicidal tendencies, suicide attempts and suicide
♦ Marketed themselves as safe for children over 14, while knowing that their software programs were particularly dangerous to adolescent and teenage girls
♦ Failed to warn parents or social media users of the known negative health effects associated with use of their platforms
♦ Failed to verify the ages of users, allowing many children under 13 to access their platforms based simply on their self-reported birthday

If you or your child attempted or died by suicide, engaged in other self-harm or were diagnosed with an eating disorder that you believe was worsened due to social media, know that our thoughts are with you and your family. You may contact attorney Jonathan Orent by phone at 1.888.425.2020 or complete this form at any time to talk through your family’s situation and any potential legal options you may have. If you choose to speak with one of our lawyers, you should know that we understand the sensitive nature of your potential case and will do everything in our power to keep your information private.

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