(PJ Media) Almost every day of my life it seems I have some new reason to think I’m the best dad in the world for keeping my kids off of Facebook and Instagram — and today is another one of those days.
Investigators in New Mexico created a fake account for a seventh-grade girl named “Issa Bee,” complete with AI-generated photos of her. Issa quickly attracted “thousands of adult followers who deluged her with both invitations to join private chat groups and sex content featuring both children and adults,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
With allegedly no effective safeguards in place to prevent child exploitation, this week New Mexico Attorney General Raul Torrez filed suit against Meta — the parent company of both social media platforms — alleging that the company “has allowed Facebook and Instagram to become a marketplace for predators in search of children upon whom to prey.”
The suit also holds founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg “personally responsible” for the decisions that created platforms that have “enabled dozens of adults to find, contact, and press children into providing sexually explicit pictures of themselves or participate in pornographic video.”
Among other, equally lurid offenses, including allowing “users to find, share, and sell an enormous volume of child pornography,” and serving “underage users a stream of egregious, sexually explicit images — even when the child has expressed no interest in this content.”
Meta has developed platforms where children are allowed to opt out of porn. So that’s nice, I guess. The part where it appears not to work is maybe not so nice.
Torrez’s lawsuit joins a long list of other states fighting similar legal battles against Meta for enabling child predators — 32 states now that New Mexico is on board.