The Frantz Law Group, on behalf of 16 school districts across the country, filed a lawsuit in San Francisco County Federal District Court against Meta, TikTok, Snap, YouTube and other social media companies, for causing harm to children knowing that their products cause addiction through their manipulative algorithms.
“We allege that Meta, TikTok, Snap, YouTube and other social media companies have engaged in reckless and negligent misconduct that has caused a mental health crisis among our youthsaid James P. Frantz, on behalf of the plaintiff school districts. “Social media companies are and have been well aware of the damage they cause. It must stop and we will fight to hold these social media companies accountable for prefer profits to the mental health and safety of children and their familiesFranz said.
According to the complaint, it is accused that social media companies have caused a mental and emotional health crisis among student children and adolescents, which is characterized by higher rates of anxiety, depression, and selfish thoughtsall of which severely affects their ability to succeed in school.
“Many children and students are subjected to often harmful and exploitative content that encourages disorderly behavior, unhealthy social comparison, and cyberbullying”, say the lawyers.
The litigation seeks provide the necessary funds and resources to mitigate the damage that school districts are currently experiencing.
The plaintiffs in this filing are:
· Apollo Ridge School District
The Burbank Unified School District
· Cecil County Public Schools
The Coronado Unified School District
· Fort Towson School District
· Glen Rock Public School District
Hanna Public Schools
The Canada Unified School District
The Las Virgenes Unified District
The Narragansett School System
· Oceanside Unified School District
San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Sutherland Public Schools
Tulsa Public Schools
Weber School District
The West Ada School District
Against social media companies, it is argued that:
- Former Meta employee Frances Haugen testified before Congress that Meta’s own internal investigation indicated how harmful your products are to the mental health of child users, particularly adolescent girls.