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New York Attorney General Letitia James and a bipartisan coalition of 32 attorneys general sued Meta Platforms and its Instagram unit on Tuesday in federal court, accusing the social media company of contributing to the mental health crisis plaguing young people.

In the lawsuit, filed in the District Court for the Northern District of California, the 33 attorneys general allege Meta intentionally designed and developed addictive features on Facebook and Instagram for children and teens. It said the social media company also collected data on children under 13 without notifying parents or obtaining parental consent – this is a breach of federal law.

“Meta has profited from children’s pain by intentionally designing its platforms with manipulative features that make children addicted to their platforms while lowering their self-esteem,” Attorney General James said.

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