There is currently a legislative void after Congress rejected measures aimed at addressing children’s internet safety last year. Currently, lawsuits against Meta, the parent corporation of Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger, are being filed in more than thirty states. The states accuse Meta of breaking both state and federal consumer protection rules and privacy regulations, blaming the social media sites for encouraging obsessive usage among their younger audience.
According to the lawsuit, Meta’s algorithms expose children to inappropriate information. The states also assert that Meta improperly gathers personal information from users who are younger than 18. More security and privacy safeguards for adolescent social media users are demanded by this lawsuit. To remedy the issue, critics call for a comprehensive federal regulatory structure.