CaseyGerry is investigating allegations against Meta (Facebook), Instagram, and similar social media platforms for the negative impacts they have on the mental and physical well-being of their young users, especially teenage girls. These tech giants are being scrutinized by lawmakers and others for their role in causing serious youth health problems such as addiction, depression and anxiety, and in some cases even self-injury or suicide.
In 2021, a former Meta researcher released studies conducted by the company which showed a clear correlation between the use of their social media platforms and the development of unhealthy body image, depression, and sometimes eating disorders. According to this Wall Street Journal Report Facebook/Meta is aware that Instagram negatively affects the physical and mental wellbeing of young people, especially teenage girls but has done little to fix it.
Along with the increasing scrutiny, these social media giants are facing mounting lawsuits seeking damages for the injuries or deaths of users and requesting broad changes in the way these companies do business. According to a recent Law360 article, Social Media Injury Suits Centralized in Calif. Federal Courts, dozens of suits have been consolidated against Meta, TikTok among others for “exploiting underage users and causing them emotional and physical harm.”
If you or a loved one has suffered mental, emotional or physical issues such as body issues, eating disorders or depression, please contact the attorneys at CaseyGerry at (619) 238-1811 to explore your legal options.