In a shocking revelation, New Mexico Attorney General Raúl Torrez’s letter outlines the distressing findings of an undercover investigation into Meta’s platforms. The investigation involved the creation of decoy accounts representing children aged 14 and younger, uncovering disturbing trends:
- Meta’s platforms proactively directed sexually explicit content to underage users, even when the child showed no interest in such material.
- The platforms enabled adults to easily find, contact, and coerce children into providing explicit images or participating in pornographic videos.
- The investigation revealed that Meta’s platforms recommended children to join unmoderated Facebook groups facilitating commercial sex and allowed the sharing and selling of a vast amount of child pornography.
Perhaps most disturbingly, the platforms permitted a fictitious mother to offer her 13-year-old daughter for sale to sex traffickers and create a professional page to share advertising revenue. These findings raise serious questions about the safety of Meta’s platforms for children, highlighting the urgent need for intervention.
In response to these revelations, AG Torrez has filed a lawsuit against Meta and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, shedding light on the platform’s failure to protect children from sexual exploitation. The lawsuit emphasizes the gravity of the situation, signaling potential consequences for Meta and sparking concerns about advertiser support for the platform.
The details in AG Torrez's letter are pretty shocking:
Over the past few months, the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office carried out an undercover investigation of Meta’s platforms, creating decoy accounts of children 14-years and younger. The Office gathered evidence that…
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) December 8, 2023