An American mother is suing Facebook and Snapchat over the 11-year-old suicide of her daughter


In the years leading up to the tragedy, the little girl developed a severe addiction to social media.

Last fall, there was a huge scandal surrounding the Meta, then still known as Facebook, after it was leaked that internal surveys said it was causing serious mental harm to teenagers on the company’s Instagram platform.

The company has since been investigated by U.S. lawmakers and prosecution of several states and now another case sheds light on the dangers of social media. Tammy Rodriguez of Connecticut has sued Meta and Snapchat for the suicide of her 11-year-old daughter because she believes community platforms played a key role in the tragedy.

The victim, Selena Rodriguez, ended her life last summer, but before that she had been a serious social media addict for more than two years, hanging mainly on Instagram and Snapchat. He suffered from severe sleep deprivation and depression in the months leading up to his suicide.

Although, in principle, both platforms prohibit those under the age of 13 from joining, the mother said it was virtually impossible to keep the girl away from them without parental control tools and really effective restrictions.

The plaintiff also attached the opinion of an outpatient psychologist who stated that he had never seen such a strong addiction before. Due to Selena’s condition, the withdrawal of internet-enabled devices would no longer have worked either, as there was a risk that the girl would simply run away just to use the services.

According to the mother, a key role in this is the deliberately unpredictable reward system (e.g., announcements, follow-ups, likes) on social media, to which young people in their early stages of development are even more susceptible than gambling addicts.

Tammy Rodriguez is not the only one who believes that social media makes users addicted by a war of psychotropics: critical experts have been trying to raise awareness of the phenomenon for years, and in 2020 the topic will go a long way in the general public Netlfix His documentary Social Dilemma because of.

If brought to court, the Rodriguez V Meta, Snap case is likely to be about whether parents are solely responsible for restricting children’s use of social media and whether companies are using every means at their disposal to keep minors away. The mother is claiming compensation in several installments (e.g., for the cost of the girl’s medical treatment and her own pain), but makes the determination of the amounts conditional on a subsequent trial.

Until the writing of our article, only Snap responded publicly, but did not comment on the lawsuit itself due to the ongoing nature of the case. In its statement, the company expressed sympathy for the mother, but believes that Snapchat, which relies on more private contact, puts less pressure on users than other players in social media.

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