This is due to the algorithm of the company’s work in relation to children, the WSJ newspaper writes.
The Ohio State Prosecutor’s office filed a lawsuit against Facebook, recently renamed Meta, because of its algorithms for working with children. The Wall Street Journal reported this.
The lawsuit is filed on behalf of the company’s investors and the state pension system, who are demanding $100 billion in damages from Meta. “[Manual] Facebook claimed that it cares about our children and is engaged in the eradication of online trolls, but in reality, for its own benefit, it was breeding suffering and dividing users,” the newspaper quotes the statement of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.
According to the statement of claim, the company’s management in the period from April 29 to October 21 of this year violated federal legislation, for the sake of profit misleading the public about what negative effects its products may have on minors. The plaintiffs, in addition to compensation for damages, require Meta management to take measures to avoid misleading their own investors again.
In September, The Wall Street Journal began publishing a series of articles about malicious practices in the work of the company and its services. The source of the material for the articles was internal documents that a former employee of the company, Frances Haugen, handed over to a newspaper journalist. They talked, in particular, about the fact that the company’s social networks promoted content that was potentially dangerous to the health of users but aroused their interest (for example, girls already suffering from anorexia were recommended to subscribe to groups where weight loss was discussed). Radical and even extremist content was promoted or not filtered out to attract attention.
On October 25, a whole consortium of American publications has already made revelatory materials. The source was again internal documents received by journalists. As it turned out, the company practically did not filter content outside the United States in any way, which led to the use of its social networks to incite hatred and xenophobic sentiments, for example in Ethiopia and India. Inside the United States, monitoring was also significantly weakened after the presidential election in 2020.
The founder of the corporation, Mark Zuckerberg, claims that all the accusations against her are slander. The company did sometimes have to make difficult decisions regarding content, Zuckerberg acknowledged, but it never put the benefits above the health of users.