Michigan – January 20, 2023
Seattle Public Schools sued the tech giants behind TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Snapchat, alleging they have created a public nuisance by targeting their products to children in a case filed on Monday, January 9, 2023. The big U.S. social media companies are now facing lawsuits brought by public entities that seek to hold them accountable for a huge societal problem – in their case, the mental health crisis among youth. The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments next month over the extent to which federal law protects the tech industry from such claims when social media algorithms push potentially harmful content.
Acting before government solves problem.
Perhaps the Seattle Public School entity did not think the Platform Accountability and Transparency Act will be quick to make social media companies provide internal, privacy-protected data to researchers who’ve been approved by the National Science Foundation, an independent agency to address a “dangerous lack of transparency about how these platforms impact our children, families, society, or national security” and help to answer questions about threats to national security and possibly harmful content.
Social media causes mental health problems.
Prolonged exposure to social media platforms has led to suicidal ideation and completing the act itself, other types of self-harm, eating disorders, severe anxiety, depression, and patterns of sleep interruption. Families who are suffering through mental health issues caused by social media addiction or those who have lost a loved one through suicide due to a negative social media interaction should contact experienced Michigan personal injury lawyers to discuss their concerns and see if they have a case for damages against Facebook, Instagram or other social media platforms.
Case building criteria.
To build a case against social media platforms, the victim must have used on or both of Facebook or Instagram, began use before the age of 21, utilizes the platforms for more than 3 hours per day and suffered or suffers from various behavioral health issues including ADD, ADHD, depression and anxiety, and body dysmorphic illness including anorexia and bulimia, but the worst of is suicidal ideation or the act itself.
Lawsuits for social media may be based on improper or non-existent warnings to the dangers posed by their use. Depending on the harms to your health, it may be prudent to consult with a Michigan Facebook lawsuit attorney at the Neumann Law Group who can explain when legal action is warranted.
Hire a knowledgeable lawyer.
Michigan personal injury attorneys at the Neumann Law Group can explain how dangerous social media platforms can be and initiate lawsuits against them, specifically Facebook and Instagram. Proving negligence may require a variety of witnesses from the behavioral health, medical, technological design, and consumer protection specialties, in addition to collecting scientific evidence supporting associated mental health risks, crises and statistical death numbers related to social media.
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