+++ 41 U.S. States Sue Meta Alleging Instagram & Facebook Are Addictive To And Harm Kids
+++ YouTube Successfully Defends Its Copyright Repeat Infringer Policy In Court
+++ New York AG Sues Gemini, Genesis, and Digital Currency Group Over $1 Billion Crypto Fraud
41 U.S. States Sue Meta Alleging Instagram & Facebook Are Addictive To And Harm Kids
Forty-one U.S. states and D.C. are suing Meta, alleging that Instagram and Facebook’s addictive features harm children’s mental health. The lawsuits stem from a 2021 investigation, accusing Meta of misleading children about safety features, violating privacy laws, and prioritizing profit over well-being. This reflects bipartisan concern about social media’s impact on kids. The lawsuits seek penalties, business practice changes, and restitution. The legal actions followed revelations that Instagram negatively affected teen girls’ body image. While research on social media’s effect on mental health is inconclusive, these lawsuits show states taking action. Meta has made some safety changes, but it faces continued scrutiny and legal challenges.
Read the full report in the Washington Post.
Read the full report in the New York Times.
Read the case States of Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawai’i, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin v. Meta Platforms Inc., U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, No. 4:23-cv-05448
YouTube Successfully Defends Its Copyright Repeat Infringer Policy In Court
Business Casual, a website, filed copyright infringement lawsuits against RT and YouTube. The case against RT involved the alleged use of Business Casual’s videos, modified with “parallax” technology. RT ignored the case, citing financial constraints due to sanctions. Business Casual’s case against YouTube argued that it infringed by allowing RT to infringe. The court rejected this, and Business Casual appealed. The 2nd Circuit Appeals Court upheld the lower court’s decision, stating that Business Casual’s claims were without merit and that YouTube was not liable for copyright infringement. The court also clarified that YouTube’s repeat infringer policy is not a separate cause of action under the DMCA.
Read the full report on Techdirt.
Read the case Business Casual Holdings, LLC v. YouTube, LLC et alia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, No. 22-3007-cv
New York AG Sues Gemini, Genesis, and Digital Currency Group Over $1 Billion Crypto Fraud
New York’s Attorney General, Letitia James, is suing cryptocurrency companies Gemini, Genesis, and Digital Currency Group, alleging they misled investors and caused over $1 billion in losses. Gemini marketed a high-yield program with Genesis but allegedly failed to disclose the risks. James seeks to ban these firms from the investment industry in New York and obtain damages. This legal action follows previous lawsuits against these companies for issues like customer protection and selling unregistered securities.
Read the full report on The Verge.
Read the case The People of the State of New York v. Gemini/Genesis/Digital Currency Group et al, Supreme Court of the State of New York
- AI: Are we being led into yet another AI chatbot bubble? (by FastCompany)
- AI: Why AI Lies (by Psychology Today)
- AI: Biden to sign executive order expanding capabilities for government to monitor AI risks (by The Hill)
- Copyright: An AI engine scans a book. Is that copyright infringement or fair use? (by Columbia Journalism Review)
- Free Speech: Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig on why AI and social media are causing a free speech crisis for the internet (by The Verge)
- Healthcare: Is AI ready to be integrated into healthcare? (by Silicon Republic)
- Insurance: Let’s “chat” about A.I. and insurance (by Reuters)
- Privacy: Artists Allege Meta’s AI Data Deletion Request Process Is a ‘Fake PR Stunt’ (by WIRED)
- Social Media: Old laws open up a new legal front against Meta and TikTok (by Politico)
- Social Media: The UK’s controversial Online Safety Bill finally becomes law (by The Verge)
In Other News (or publications you should read)
- Richard Allen’s regulate.tech blog: How to regulate the internet without breaking it
- Benjamin Wittes, Robert Chesney, Jack Goldsmith’s lawfare: Hard national security choices
- Julie Zerbo’s the fashion law (TFL)
- Justin Hendrix’ tech policy press: technology and democracy
- Eugene Volokh: The Volokh Conspiracy
- Eric Goldman’s Technology & Marketing Law Blog
This post originated from my publication Codifying Chaos.