Social Media: Youth and Mental Health Class Action

Social Media platforms Facebook and Instagram have used tactics to make their platforms addictive, directly impacting young users’ mental health.

Diamond and Diamond is seeking to represent adolescents, teens and young adults who became addicted to social media and as a result suffered mental health effects.

About the Social Media: Youth and Mental Health Class Action

Both Facebook and Instagram have designed their products to be addictive and to manipulate their users, while purposely ignoring internal research that demonstrates the damaging psychological effects of continued exposure to these platforms. According to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook’s researchers have identified the platform’s ill effects. The leaked documents included a data presentation. The presentation included slides with information summarizing research about teen girls who experience issues related to body image and increased anxiety. The leaked documents also revealed among those young adults who reported suicidal thoughts, 13% of British users and 6% of American users had linked their desire to kill themselves back to Instagram.

In public, Facebook has consistently downplayed the app’s negative effects and has not made its research public or available to academics or lawmakers who have asked for it. Facebook has said the negative effects are not widespread and that some of the harmful aspects are not easy to address.

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Details about the Social Media Class Action

If you or your child has experienced a mental health crisis due to the tactics of social media platforms, Facebook and Instagram,  you may be able to secure compensation.

Contact a qualified Toronto senior care lawyer at Diamond and Diamond Lawyers to get help with your claim. Call 1-800-567-4878 or fill out the quick contact form below when you are ready to get started on your case.

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