Meta's Underage Problem
Documents reveal that Meta has as many as four million underage users and has been misleading the public about the harmful nature of its products.
In case you’re not already depressed enough by social media, the Wall Street Journal released a report last week detailing how Meta has intentionally designed Facebook and Instagram to include addictive features that are known to be harmful to young users.
The Journal report focuses on internal documents revealed by legal action taken by more than 40 states in October, alleging that Meta has been unlawfully allowing its products to be used by those under the age of 13 and misleading the public about the dangers posed to young users.
The states allege that Meta has long known that its platform has weak protections against usage by children below the age of 13, who are generally barred from the platform by both Meta’s rules and federal law. In the U.S., company algorithms estimated Meta has as many as four million underage users. Rather than seeking to crack down on underage usage, according to the complaint, Meta created charts “boasting Instagram’s penetration into 11- and 12-year-old demographic cohorts.”