In case you missed it, the Attorney General of New Mexico launched a major lawsuit under New Mexico’s Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices Act against Meta (which includes Facebook, Instagram, Occulus, WhatsApp and Messenger) accusing them of being a public nuisance.
Investigators posing as minor children set up fake accounts which revealed how Meta has been lying about making the platforms “safe” for minors and that they are “policing” child porn content. According to a recent substack post by Attorney Jeff Childers, the complaint:
“…goes on to describe how investigators penetrated a dystopian world of transactional child porn and even live human trafficking, all seemingly facilitated by Meta’s software, which not only permitted the posts but helped pedophiles find each other, the content, and kids. Facebook and Instagram persistently pushed ads for adult sexual content to accounts that New Mexico investigators created posing as children.”
“Meta’s platforms contain account after account with images and associated text depicting pornography, nudity, pedophilia, sexual assault, incest, and sexual fetishes. These accounts often consisted of immense social networks of individuals following and commenting on pornographic videos and images posted on the platforms.”
The lawsuit describes many horrifying revelations. Below are just a few:
1.“Pizza” accounts providing access to child porn are everywhere on the platform. “Cheese pizza” is a well-known pedophile code for child sexual abuse. We at CPL now ask the obvious question; is “Pizzagate” still considered a “conspiracy theory”?
2. Meta uses “brain research” to entice and addict young users to maximize their time on the platform.
3. Meta has failed to address age verification and to limit content deemed inappropriate for minors.
4. Meta has failed to address young users reporting “bad experiences” on the platform.
5. Meta “failed to disclose that its algorithms will deliver harmful content to a user who clicks on such content”.
6. Meta “failed to disclose the existence of “flywheels” or “rabbit holes” frequently caused by Meta’s algorithms.” Flywheels are quite sophisticated, but essentially “Positive feedback loops that build momentum, increasing the payoff of incremental effort.” The AI algorithms make it appear that “good things you do lead to more good things ‘just happening’.” Rabbit holes are similarly designed to keep kids on the platform by directing them to similar content.
7. Meta algorithms have a fatal flaw: “…they do not distinguish between permissible and impermissible content. Effectively, the algorithm does not know “right from wrong.” Thus, if a young user clicks on a certain type of content—whether accidentally, out of curiosity, or intentionally—the algorithm will recommend more of that type of content.”
Below are some screen shots from the complaint.
Just some of the “pizza” accounts: [CSAM is Child Sexual Abuse Material, CSEC is Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children.]
How Meta uses brain research to addict children to their platform:
How Meta fails to protect children from online predators, inappropriate content, and exploitation.
Meta’s sexual grooming of children is not limited to social media. Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, founder, Chairman and CEO of Meta, and his Chan Zuckerberg Foundation is a major financial force behind Social Emotional Learning (SEL) that supports the nonprofit Consortium on Academic & Social Emotional Learning (CASEL). CASEL is the command center for SEL, the Marxist system of education being imposed on all schools across all states.
In the meantime, parents must be overly vigilant with their children’s social media use which is designed to entice and addict. It does not protect children from exploitation and online predators.
Please see our website for practical tips to help protect your children online. As algorithms and AI become even more sophisticated, it becomes increasingly difficult to protect your children from predators and explicit content. The most important protection is safe and open communication between you and your children so they can feel comfortable coming to you with any concerns or bad experiences and that they know you are there to protect them.