Consumer Law

Montana AG General Files a Lawsuit Against Meta for ‘Deceptive Practices’

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen is suing Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, claiming that Instagram was intentionally designed to be addictive and that some of the content available on the popular social media platform violates the state’s consumer protection laws.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court earlier this week, is the state’s latest attempt at taking social media companies to task. This past spring, Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signed a bill prohibiting app stores from offering TikTok for download. That bill is currently on hold from being implemented after a U.S. District Judge issued a preliminary injunction on the matter. 

“Meta must be held accountable for its deceptive practices and the harm it has caused,” Knudsen said in a release. “Instagram’s intentional addictive design and its failure to address the rampant presence of harmful content on its platform, including explicit drug promotion and sexual exploitation, pose serious risks to the mental health and well-being of young Montanans.” 

Read the source article at StateScoop

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