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Ohio sues Meta alleging Facebook parent misled public about its products’ effect on children

With an image of himself on a screen in the background, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the House Financial Services Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill Oct. 23, 2021. PHOTO: Fox News/Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Facebook and its executives allegedly violated federal securities law

16 November 2021

FOX NEWS (WALL STREET JOURNAL) — Ohio’s attorney general is suing Meta Platforms Inc., formerly known as Facebook Inc., alleging the company misled the public about how it controlled its algorithm and the effects its products have on children.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Meta investors and the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, seeks more than $100 billion in damages and demands that Meta make significant changes so as to not mislead investors again, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said in a statement.

“This suit is without merit and we will defend ourselves vigorously,” Joe Osborne, a Meta spokesperson, said.

The lawsuit alleges that between April 29 and Oct. 21, 2021, Facebook and its executives violated federal securities law by intentionally misleading the public about the negative impact of its products on minors in an effort to boost its stock and deceive shareholders.

“Facebook said it was looking out for our children and weeding out online trolls, but in reality was creating misery and divisiveness for profit,” Mr. Yost, a Republican, said.

“The truth began to emerge on September 13, 2021, when The Wall Street Journal published the first of a series of articles, referred to as ‘The Facebook Files,’” the lawsuit states, in reference to reporting by the Journal that showed the company knows that its platforms are riddled with flaws that cause harm. […]

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