Selena Rodriguez’s 11-year-old mother has filed a lawsuit against social media networks Facebook and Snapchat for “lack of adequate protection” from pushing her daughter to suicide in July 2021.
The case was registered last Thursday in a Northern California court, and the charge includes causing “manslaughter” against social networks, according to a report published by the Washington Post.
The lawsuit notes that Selenas suicide was caused by “wrong design and unreasonable negligence in the Facebook and Snapchat products.”
She added that tech giants “have designed social networks that are unreasonably dangerous and addictive for users.”
There was no comment from Meta or Snap on the issue, stressing that their platforms are designed to protect minors and that they are constantly adding features to protect young users.
Court documents said that Selena suffered for more than two years from her severe addiction to the use of “Instagram” owned by “Meta” company (formerly Facebook) and “Snapchat” owned by “Snap”, which caused her severe sleep deprivation due to continuous alerts and notifications on 24 hours a day.
Selenas spending long times on social networks increased her depression, especially during the period of the Corona pandemic.
The girl also suffered from “received requests for sexually exploitative content from adult users.”
The court papers indicated that “the girl responded to messages that reached her, and received sexual images of her, which were later leaked within her school, which made her subject to ridicule and embarrassment,” which caused her to be more absent from school.
Selena was admitted to the hospital to receive psychological care, where she suffered from eating disorders, self-harm, and eventually suicide, although she received psychological treatment for her addiction on several occasions.
The lawsuit asserts that both Meta and Snape are responsible for causing and contributing to the growing mental health crisis affecting children and adolescents.
It is reported that “Facebook”, before the company changed its name to “Meta”, faced several lawsuits related to children’s electronic games and the promotion of hatred, divisions and child abuse, which the company has repeatedly denied.