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Meta's lawyers are facing a challenging week with over three dozen states suing the company over concerns about its platforms' addictive features harming teens' mental health.

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In California, 33 attorneys general are suing Meta, alleging its products have harmed minors and contributed to a mental health crisis.

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Eight additional attorneys general in various states have filed similar lawsuits against Meta, while Florida has also initiated its own federal lawsuit.

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This legal wave is the result of a bipartisan investigation that began in 2021 after Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen shared internal documents.

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Haugen's revelations indicated that Meta was aware of the negative impacts of its products on young people's mental health, especially among girls.

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States united to address online health risks, reminiscent of past efforts to combat harmful practices, like cigarette ads targeting youth.

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The lawsuit against Meta calls for court orders to prevent further violations and, in many cases, unspecified financial penalties.

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This legal assault is part of broader efforts by states and the federal government to regulate Big Tech companies.

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The tech industry has faced relatively little regulation, but that's changing as policymakers respond to growing concerns about the impact of social media.

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A federal judge in California is set to hear similar allegations against Google, Meta, Snap, and TikTok later this week.

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The outcome in court will shape the future of these cases and the industry's response to online health risks.

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A group of 33 state attorneys general is suing Meta, alleging that its products and features pose psychological risks to children and teens.

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This lawsuit is part of a wider effort to address the perceived negative impact of Big Tech on young people's mental health.

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Meta is accused of knowingly designing and deploying features that addict children and teens while falsely assuring their safety.

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The lawsuit is a different approach from attempts to change tech companies' legal immunity for third-party speech, focusing on product design and the company's liability.