US Attorneys Open Investigation into Effect of Instagram on Children

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A coalition of state attorneys general in the United States announced this Thursday (18) the opening of an investigation against Facebook, which changed its name to Meta, for promoting Instagram among children despite potential negative effects on them.

The investigation, which involves at least eight states, was announced at a time when Facebook has come under fire for its effects on children and young people.

Attorneys general want to know if the company has violated consumer protection laws and put young people at risk.

Facebook representatives did not immediately comment on the matter.

In September, the company announced a halt to plans to launch a children’s version of Instagram, amid mounting criticism of the project.

The decision came after former employee Frances Haugen said the company knew Instagram could have harmful effects on teenagers’ mental health.

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