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Arkansas AG Lawsuit Against Meta Can Continue in Part

Attorney General Tim Griffin issues the following statement in response to a ruling in Polk County Circuit Court allowing parts of his lawsuit against the social media company Meta, which owns Instagram and Facebook, to proceed:

“This is a victory for the citizens of Arkansas, especially our children, whom Meta has misled about the addictive and harmful consequences of using Meta’s platforms. The court’s order makes clear that the State of Arkansas has the right to sue Meta in state court under our state’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Silicon Valley has now been served a message that their profits cannot be built on the backs of Arkansas’s youth.

“I thank and congratulate the members of my team who are working on this suit and similar ones across the state, especially Assistant Attorney General Matthew Ford, who argued against Meta’s attempt to dismiss the lawsuit in April.”

Griffin sued Meta last year for violations of the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, asserting that the company has misled the public about the platform’s safety and addictiveness.

(Press Release from Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin)

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