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Civil Litigation

Jun. 19, 2024

Social media warning labels bolsters defective product claims

A label to inform parents and adolescents that social media has not been proved safe lends credence to a novel legal theory that the platforms should be liable for harmful product design.

Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers

The US Surgeon General's recent call for a warning label on social media platforms bolsters claims that they are defective and dangerous products, according to attorneys suing Meta Platforms Inc., Snap Inc. and ByteDance Inc. in California.

"These companies are using operant conditioning and AI to design platforms that are addictive by design," said Matthew P. Bergman, founder of the Seattle-based Social Media Victims Law Center.

Bergman and his colleagues rep...

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