A Connecticut mother has filed a lawsuit against Facebook's parent company Meta, the Instagram, and Snap, claiming the platforms caused her daughter's addiction before she killed herself at age 11 last July.
Engadget uploaded it treatment in scribd Ms. Selena says she "struggled for more than two years with an extreme addiction to Instagram and Snapchat," a claim backed by an outside therapist who "had never seen a patient so addicted to social media."
Αν και ήταν πολύ μικρή για να είναι σε οποιαδήποτε από τις δύο πλατφόρμες σύμφωνα με τους όρους υπηρεσίας τους (για το Instagram και το Snapchat η ελάχιστη ηλικία για τη creation account is 13) Selena had accounts.
The mother admits the absence of parental controls, but also the lack of robust age verification checks, made it nearly impossible to police her daughter's access to these services.
"The only way for Tammy Rodriguez to restrict access to the accused's products would be to seize Selena's Internet-enabled devices," the lawsuit alleges, prompting Selena to flee to gain access to accounts from other devices. ”
The use of the services, Rodriguez claims, made her daughter suffer from depression, sleep deprivation, absenteeism from school, had eating disorders, self-harm and eventually led her to suicide.
Rodriguez claims that Snapchat's "unknown and changing rewards" "look like a slot machine, but are aimed at teenage users who are even more prone to gambling."
Similarly, Instagram's features "seek to tap into user sensitivity with rewards that come in the form of likes and followers". This is extremely detrimental to teen and pre-teen users whose brains are not yet fully developed, especially in the areas of “impulse control and risk assessment”.
The allegations in the lawsuit reflect some of the concerns expressed by Francis Haugen. Among the documents that they leaked to news organizations from Haugen was also an internal investigation showing that Instagram can be harmful to the well-being of users, especially young girls, as well as internal documents describing the loss of young users as an “existential threat” to the business.