Colorado mother sues Facebook, alleges her daughter’s addiction to the platform caused mental health issues

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A Colorado mother is suing Facebook, alleging the social media platform contributed to her daughter’s mental health issues.

Cecelia Tesch, the mother of RP, 13, whose full name is not revealed in court papers, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Denver, according to FOX 5.

Court documents describe RP as a heavy Facebook user who began exhibiting addictive behavior when she started using the platform at age 7.

“PR interest in any activity other than viewing and posting to Facebook has gradually declined,” the lawsuit states.

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Tesch is suing Facebook for negligence, fraud, liability, and intentional infliction of emotional distress, as well as for other reasons.

Lawyers for Tesch said the 13-year-old girl developed several health issues after becoming addicted to Facebook.

“Injuries subsequently developed, including but not limited to body dysmorphia, eating disorders, self-harm, severe anxiety, depression, and decreased motivation to do work school or socializing with family and peers,” the lawyers say.

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The lawyers also claim that the social media giant has a design that allows “children and adolescents to use, become addicted to, and abuse their product without the consent of users’ parents, like Cecelia Tesch.”

The lawyers also allege that Facebook fails to warn parents of the potential harms and harms of addictive behavior, also claiming that the company fails to take “ordinary care” to prevent the potential negative effects of overuse.

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“The algorithms in defendants’ social media products exploit the decision-making ability, impulse control, emotional maturity, and psychological resilience of adolescent users, caused by users’ incomplete brain development,” the lawsuit states.

FOX Business has contacted Facebook for comment.

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