Incident 534: Facebook Alleged in Lawsuit Misleading Public about Effects of Algorithms on Children

Description: Facebook was alleged in a lawsuit by the Ohio Attorney General purposely misleading the public about the control of its algorithms and their negative effects on children's well-being, which violated securities law.


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Alleged: Facebook and Meta developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Facebook's children users and Instagram's children users.

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