Family Sues Meta, Blaming Instagram for Daughter’s Eating Disorder, Self-Harm, and Suicidal Thoughts

A family has sued Meta, blaming the company’s “addictive” Instagram platform for their pre-teen daughter’s eating disorder, self-harm, and suicidal thoughts, in a lawsuit that heavily cites the leaked Facebook Papers.

Filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Monday, lawyers for Alexis Spence claim that she was a “confident and happy child,” but has since been hospitalized for depression, anxiety and anorexia because of the “harmful content and features” which Instagram promoted to her to increase engagement.

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Now 19, Spence set up her first Instagram account aged 11, even though the platform’s minimum age requirement is 13, the lawsuit stated.

“Meta knew that she was under the age of 13. Meta also designed its product to encourage such illegal and unauthorized use, and in a manner that encouraged Alexis to open multiple accounts,” it said.

The lawsuit was filed by the Social Media Victims Law Center, a Seattle group that advocates for families of teenagers harmed online.

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SOURCE: Insider, Waiyee Yip

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