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KENOSHA COUNTY, Wis. – A Kenosha county mother is suing social media giants soon after her son died by suicide. A lawsuit states Fb, Instagram and Snapchat ended up the catalysts for her son’s dying.
Christopher Dawley died by suicide in January 2015. A attorney for the relatives states if he was not on social media, he’d continue to be alive.
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“Almost everything appeared high-quality, and still out of the blue, without having any rationalization outwardly, he took his everyday living,” explained Matthew Bergman, lawyer.
Dawley’s spouse and children thought he was a typical teenager, but in January 2015, the 17-year-previous Kenosha County boy died by suicide.
“When his household appeared at his social media involvement, they observed that he was not only addicted to it but that he was partaking in and being uncovered to really dangerous and devastating content,” said Bergman.
Now, 7 a long time later on, they’re using motion, suing Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat in a wrongful demise circumstance.
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“We know that these social media platforms are really hazardous,” said Bergman.
Bergman is the family’s law firm and founding lawyer of the Social Media Victims Legislation Centre.
“Dad and mom are mounting up and saying, ‘Enough is enough,'” said Bergman.
“This will inevitably set stress on the businesses,” said Marc Tasman, UW-Milwaukee.
Tasman is a senior lecturer at UWM and director of the electronic arts and society system. He states we could see far more lawsuits like this, specifically considering that a whistleblower exposed Fb in 2021.
“There requirements to be exterior safeguards put into area, and that we cannot leave it to corporations on their own to make these changes,” explained Tasman.
“We can make these solutions a whole lot safer,” claimed Bergman.
Associates for both Snapchat and Fb informed FOX6 Information they could not comment on the lawsuit. This is now the third lawsuit the Social Media Victims Law Centre has brought and the second involving a minimal.
Assertion from Snapchat
“When we are not able to comment on energetic litigation, our hearts go out to any family members who has missing a cherished one particular to suicide. We deliberately designed Snapchat differently than common social media platforms to be a location for people to link with their authentic pals, and provide in-app psychological well being sources, together with on suicide avoidance for Snapchatters in need to have. Absolutely nothing is much more important than the security and wellbeing of our local community and we are constantly exploring further ways we can support Snapchatters.”