This has been a long time coming for Facebook and Instagram, now called Meta. Very recently, Massachusetts Attorney General Andrea Joy Campbell filed a lawsuit against Meta, claiming:
“Over the past decade, Defendant Meta Platforms Inc. (“Meta”) has intentionally designed its flagship social media platforms, especially Instagram, to be addictive to youth, preying upon young people’s unique psychological vulnerabilities and overcoming their ability to decide how much time they spend on Meta’s platforms.”
The AG is holding Meta Platforms CEO Mark Zuckerberg accountable for ignoring and stopping reports from top executives within the organization. “CEO of Instagram and the President of Global Affairs both asked Zuckerberg directly to take more steps to protect more than 30 million children across the country who use Instagram.” The AG further states that she has proof that the reason that CEO Zuckerberg did not protect teens was for financial profit.