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South Dakota joins lawsuit against Meta

Joy Sharon Yi

South Dakota has joined several other states in a federal complaint against tech company Meta.

The complaint alleges that Meta knew of the harmful effects it’s platforms, like Facebook and Instagram, would have on the mental health of young people. It also claims the company misled the public about the harms their platforms could cause.

Attorneys General for 33 states, including South Dakota, are putting forth this federal lawsuit.

“Social media use, including Meta platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, has played a major role in the youth mental health issues occurring in America,” said South Dakota Attorney General Jackley. “Such platforms have led or contributed to physical and emotional harm to children and devastating families. Meta needs to be held accountable for its actions.”

Seven other states have filed their own state or federal lawsuits against Meta.

Ryan is the local host of "Morning Edition". Originally from Iowa, he first came to the Black Hills to study at SD Mines. After graduating in 2019, he was an educator in Arizona and North Dakota before returning to the Black Hills.