Kentucky parents file lawsuit accusing Instagram of causing their daughter’s eating disorder and mental illness

Two court cases were filed this week accusing Instagram parent Meta of causing and contributing to the growing mental health crisis among children and teens in the US Candice West and her daughter Cece live in Independence, Kentucky. Both are plaintiffs in one of the lawsuits filed on Monday. Cece first started using Instagram when she was 12 years old. Her mother said the app was used as a way for them to communicate when she was spending the weekend with her dad, and according to the lawsuit, the two will use Instagram to find “delicious recipes” to cook together. The lawsuit says at one point that the content exposed to Sisi was changed from “delicious recipes to healthy recipes and then dangerous recipes”. There were even recipes designed to achieve negative calorie intake, and Cesis eventually developed an eating disorder, and Candice said, “I had no idea she was exposed to some of the things she was in. Nothing at all.” The lawsuit alleges, “Cece’s use of Instagram developed into a dependence on an Instagram product and coincided with a consistent, but severe, deterioration in her mental health.” “The things I was seeing I was feeling like I was overweight. I was feeling like I didn’t deserve it,” Cece said, as if I was feeling Some of the most harmful posts I’ve seen on the platform come in very artistic form, Candice says. “Things like very aesthetic black and white photos of children with a sign written on their hands I know I must die,” Candice said. Sei had bradycardia and had to be hospitalized, which eventually led to a stay in a rehab center in North Carolina. “The lawsuit relates to a product designed to addiction children Shake and it was designed to take advantage of the fact that their brains are not fully developed and that they will become more addictive to things over time, the more egregious the behavior is,” said Matthew Bergman, one of the attorneys representing the West family. Wuests are alone in their experience.Ben and Jennifer Martin of Georgetown, Kentucky also filed a lawsuit on Monday, and after their daughter joined Instagram, their daughter Alexandra developed anorexia and bulimia and attempted suicide twice, and Martins began noticing changes in their daughter in 2016. The lawsuit states It reads: “My workout routine is getting more and more extreme. Meanwhile, I started eating less.” According to the lawsuit, she started lying about what she was eating and started losing weight rapidly. In December 2016, she ended up in the emergency room with heart failure. Their lawsuit alleges That Meta created a ‘perfect storm’ of addiction, social comparison, exposure to incredibly harmful content and product characteristics, and then ran its algorithms to push and promote harmful content. “The lawsuits include several pages of documents released last year by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, which she says show that Facebook knew of the harm it was causing with its content. We have reached out to Meta for comment but have received no response.

Two court cases were filed this week accusing Instagram parent company Meta of causing and contributing to the growing mental health crisis among children and teens in the United States.

Candice West and her daughter Sis live in Independence, Kentucky. Both are plaintiffs in one of the lawsuits filed on Monday.

Cece first started using Instagram when she was 12 years old. Her mother said the app was used as a way for them to communicate when she was spending weekends with her father.

According to the lawsuit, the two will use Instagram to find “delicious recipes” to cook together. The lawsuit says at one point that the content exposed to Sisi was changed from “delicious recipes to healthy recipes and then dangerous recipes”. There have even been recipes designed to achieve negative calories.

Cece eventually developed an eating disorder.

“I had no idea she was going through some of the things she was exposed to. Nothing at all,” Candice said.

The lawsuit alleges that “Cece’s use of Instagram developed into a dependence on the Instagram product and coincided with a steady, but severe, deterioration in her mental health.”

“The things I was seeing, I felt like I was fat. I felt like I didn’t deserve it. Like I didn’t feel myself,” Sissi said.

Candice says that some of the most harmful posts she’s seen on the platform come in a very artistic form.

“Things like aesthetic black and white photos of children with marker pen written on their hands saying ‘I know I must die,'” Candice said.

Cissy had bradycardia and had to be hospitalized, which eventually led to a stay in a rehab center in North Carolina.

“The lawsuit relates to a product designed to addictive children. A product designed to take advantage of the fact that their brains are not fully developed and that they will become more addictive to things over time, and the more disgraceful the behavior is,” said Matthew Bergman, one of the attorneys representing the Wuests.

Wuests are not alone in their experience. Ben and Jennifer Martin of Georgetown, Kentucky, also filed a lawsuit on Monday.

After joining Instagram, their daughter Alexandra developed anorexia and bulimia and twice attempted suicide.

The Martins family began noticing the changes in their daughter in 2016. “My exercise routine became more and more extreme. At the same time, I started eating less,” the suit says.

According to the lawsuit, she started lying about what she was eating and started losing weight rapidly. In December of 2016, she ended up in the emergency room with heart failure.

Their lawsuit alleges that “Meta created a ‘perfect storm’ of addiction, social comparison, exposure to incredibly harmful content and product characteristics, and then ran its algorithms to drive and promote harmful content.”

The lawsuits include several pages of documents published by Facebook whistleblower Francis Haugen last year, which she says show that Facebook knows the damage it is causing to its content.

We have reached out to Meta for comment but have not received any response.