The court document reports that 33 states of America have filed a lawsuit against Meta. It states that the company was unable to disable quite a few accounts created by underage users, even after they were discovered. In addition, the corporation continued to collect data from these users for advertising.

It is claimed that the registration of children under the age of 13 is an “open secret” with Meta. While the rules regarding Facebook and Instagram state that a person must be at least 13 years old to sign up, children can easily lie about their age. And when Meta received a notification about the registration of children, it disabled only some of the suspected accounts, and continued to collect data from the rest of the accounts without parental consent.

According to the complaint, Meta “routinely violates” the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA) by targeting children and collecting their information without parental consent. The lawsuit also alleges that Meta’s platforms manipulate young users into spending an unhealthy amount of time on apps, promote body dysmorphia, and expose them to potentially harmful content.

Earlier this month, Meta published a blog post urging federal legislation to make parents more responsible for downloading apps for children. Meta’s global head of security, Antigone Davis, has suggested requiring parents to grant download permission for children under the age of 16.

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