The court rejected the IT giants’ request to dismiss several lawsuits accusing them of creating addictive platforms for children. School districts and 42 states across the United States have filed lawsuits alleging physical and emotional harm to children through platforms such as Facebook*, Instagram*, YouTube, TikTok and Snapchat.

The decision noted that the First Amendment and Section 230, which protect online platforms from being treated as publishers of third-party content, do not exempt these companies from liability.

Complaints focus on the platform’s shortcomings, including inadequate parental controls, a weak age verification system, and a complex account deletion process.

*Belongs to Meta, who is recognized as an extremist and banned in the Russian Federation

Source: Ferra

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