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Instagram investigated for wrecking children’s mental health

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An investigation into Meta [formally known as Facebook] promoting Instagram to children has been launched by a bipartisan coalition of at least eight states in America.

 Attorney generals from California, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Jersey, Tennessee and Vermont are accusing Meta putting young people at risk and breaking consumer protection laws.

In a statement California’s attorney Rob Bonta, said: “For too long, Meta has ignored the havoc that Instagram is wreaking on the mental health and wellbeing of our children and teens.

“Enough is enough. We’ve undertaken this nationwide investigation to get answers about Meta’s efforts to promote the use of this social media platform to young Californians – and to determine if, in doing so, Meta violated the law.”

In September Meta put plans for a new version of Instagram for children on hold after the project received a backlash from forty state attorneys.

Facebook changed its name to Meta in October 2021 to "reflect its focus on building the metaverse.”