Washington, Jan. 22: A woman has filed a lawsuit against Instagram’s parent company Meta and Snap Inc, claiming an addiction to their social media platforms caused the suicide of her 11-year-old daughter.
Selena Rodriguez, an 11-year-old resident of Enfield, Connecticut, last July.
In the lawsuit, which was filed Friday in federal court in California, Tammy Rodriguez alleged her daughter’s death was caused after she became addicted to “dangerous and faulty social media products.”
According to a statement from the Social Media Victims Law Center (SMVLC), which filed a complaint in California on behalf of Selena’s mother, the girl suffered from an “extreme” addiction to Instagram and Snapchat, reports the BBC.
They said: “On several occasions, Selena received mental health treatment for her addiction. An outpatient therapist who assessed Selena remarked that she had never seen a patient so addicted to social media.
The girl had been suffering from sleep deprivation and depression for months, especially since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The lawsuit accused the two social media giants of “knowingly and deliberately” designing and marketing products that harmed “significant” numbers of their underage users, the BBC reports.