Meta, TikTok Could Face Civil Liability for Addicting Children in California

Posted on AllSides June 28th, 2022
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Laura Kammermann/The Wall Street Journal

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Social-media companies such as Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc. META -3.57%▼ could be sued by government attorneys in California for features that allegedly harm children through addiction under a first-in-the-nation bill that faces an important vote in the state Senate here Tuesday.

The measure would permit the state attorney general, local district attorneys and the city attorneys of California’s four largest cities to sue social-media companies including Meta—which also owns Instagram—as well as TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance Ltd., and Snap Inc. SNAP -4.74%▼ under the state’s law...

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