Social media platforms hit by surge in mental health lawsuits

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“The only certainty in this litigation is that it will be a big fight and a long fight,” said Matthew Bergman, founding attorney of the Social Media Victims Law Center.

August 17, 2022 at 09:55

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  • Plaintiffs’ attorneys file product liability lawsuits against social media companies.
  • The lawsuits allege that the services promote mental health problems in adolescents.
  • The cases will test the protections of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

Social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and TikTok are facing a wave of lawsuits alleging they cause mental health issues in teens, from eating disorders to suicide attempts.

Law.com Radar, which recently rolled out new trend detection and analysis systems, reported eight such lawsuits in the first week of August. It has found more than 30 cases since early June.

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