Last month, dozens of US states announced that they’re suing Facebook for harming young users. And according to one prominent tech leader, this case could be just the beginning. Former Google consultant and tech executive Joe Toscano said this week that he believes lawsuits against Facebook could eventually add up and impact the company the same way suits against the Big Tobacco industry did several decades ago.
According to Toscano, we will look back years from now and wonder how the use of Facebook was so unregulated in the same way society feels now about cigarettes.
“We’re all going to say, ‘I can’t believe we let our kids do it. I can’t believe we did this in our bed. I can’t believe, you know, we let people who shouldn’t have access to these things have access to them,’” Toscano said. “I do believe that the outcome of this will set legal precedents that will change the future landscape of technology in the United States and abroad for years, if not decades to come. I’m very happy these are happening, it’s about time that we hold Meta to account.”
While the outcome of these lawsuits is still far from certain, there’s no doubt they could serve as a valuable precedent for litigation looking to rein in Facebook in the future.
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