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Meta sues Mark Zuckerberg over child safety failures in US New Mexico

  • Facebook and Instagram CEO Mark Zuckerberg, saying the social media giant failed to protect children from sexual abuse, online solicitation and human trafficking.
  • Raul Torrez says,”Our investigation of Meta’s social media sites explains that it is not the right place to the children  but rather prime locations for predators to trade child pornography and solicit minors for sex,”
  • Raul Torres said that Mark Zuckerberg and other meta administrators “are aware of the serious harm their products cause to young users, but they have failed to make adequate changes to their sites to prevent child sexual exploitation.”

New Mexico Attorney General Raul Torres on Wednesday sued parenting meta-platforms Facebook and Instagram and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, saying the social media giant failed to protect children from sexual abuse, online solicitation and human trafficking.

Raul Torres said that “dozens of adults have implemented Meta to find, contact and pressure children to provide sexually explicit images of themselves or participate in pornographic videos.”

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Raul Torrez says,”Our investigation of Meta‘s social media sites explains that it is not the right place to the children  but rather prime locations for predators to trade child pornography and solicit minors for sex,”

In response, Meta uses state-of-the-art technology, hires child protection experts, reports content to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and shares information and tools with other agencies and law enforcement to help root out predators. “

In August alone, Meta said it suspended more than 500,000 accounts for violating its child sexual exploitation policies.

Mark Zuckerberg and other meta administrators “are aware of the serious harm their products cause to young users, yet they have failed to make adequate changes to their sites to prevent child sexual exploitation,” said Raul Torres.

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen announced Tuesday that he was suing Meta, alleging that Instagram was “intentionally designed, specifically designed to be addictive to minors.”

In October, more than 40 US states sued Meta, accusing it of fueling a mental health crisis in young people by making their social media platforms addictive.

The attorneys general of 33 states, including California and New York, said Meta repeatedly misled the public about the dangers of its sites, and knowingly lured young children and teenagers into addictive and compulsive social media use. Washington and other states , DC filed similar court cases.

The cases are the latest in a string of legal actions towards social media agencies on behalf of babies and young adults.Meta, ByteDance’s TikTok and Alphabet’s YouTube already face hundreds of cases on  children and school districts over addiction of  social media.

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