This week, dozens of school districts in Utah joined a federal lawsuit against Facebook and other social media companies for allegedly prioritizing profits over the safety of young users.
According to the original suit that these schools have joined, “Meta… and other social media companies have engaged in reckless and negligent misconduct that has caused a mental health crisis among our youth.” The suit also accuses Facebook of being aware of the harm it’s causing. The Utah school districts agreed with that assessment, particularly calling out cyberbullying as a major problem fueled by social media.
“The amount of time administrators spend dealing with cyberbullying is unprecedented,” a spokesperson for one of the Utah school districts said in a statement. “We believe, like the Utah Legislature, the governor and the attorney general, that the addictive algorithms social media companies use, like those named in the suit, contribute to the problems we’re seeing.”
While this case is still in its early stages, this could become a significant problem for Facebook. Schools (and parents) are a powerful force in this country, and if this legislation continues building momentum, the social media giant may have to bend to its will.
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