Class Action Against Social Media For Bullying Issues
A national class action lawsuit alleges that popular social media apps—such as Snapchat, YOLO, and LMK—failed to protect children from cyberbullying. This results in millions of users being hurt regularly, and one user even got to the point of taking their own life.
YOLO And LMK
YOLO and LMK are Snapchat integration apps that enable Snapchat users, mostly teenagers, to send anonymous messages.
For years, anonymous messaging applications have been known to harm teenagers both mentally and emotionally. According to the class action, the apps should have anticipated the possible harm it could cause and thought of a solution to prevent cyberbullying in the first place.
As the class action states, social media apps are now being a “one-stop-shop for the bullies” because they offer everything from the audience, anonymity to various platforms ranging from public feeds to private group chats. Because of this, the bullies tend to feel as if they could get away with anything.
On Monday, Plaintiffs Kristin Bride and Tyler Clementi Foundation filed a class action lawsuit in a federal court in California.
Kristin Bride is the mother of Carson Bride, a 16-year-old boy who committed suicide after being bullied continuously on the said social media apps. On the other hand, Tyler Clementi Foundation is a national organization aiming to fight online bullying.
The plaintiffs claimed that Snapchat, YOLO, and LMK violated consumer protection laws by creating extremely unsafe and faulty teen applications and making false statements about its protection compliance.
Social Media Apps Failed To Take Action
The class action claims that the apps failed to take specific measures to prevent cyberbullying. Additionally, each app has concrete statements about company missions that they were unable to follow through.
YOLO allegedly stated that it has no tolerance policy for bullying and would expose users’ identities who participate in any bullying situation.
LMK allegedly stated that if there is any online bullying going on, they would directly report it to law enforcement.
Snapchat allegedly stated that it would ban any third-party applications that encourage bullying from its platform.
As per the claim, the mentioned mobile apps companies were in the right position to solve any cyberbullying issues because these platforms are where teenagers communicate rather than traditional classrooms. However, since they failed to follow through with their commitments, millions of users are getting harmed every day.
The Class Action Lawsuit
Kristin Bride and Tyler Clementi Foundation are seeking to represent a nationwide Snapchat, YOLO, and LMK Class of teenagers aged 13 to 17, who are or were registered users of the apps between May 10, 2018, up to the date of the class action’s judgment.
The Class is suing for strict liability, negligence, fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation. At the same time, they are also suing for violations of consumer protection laws. This includes the Oregon Unlawful Trade Practices Act, the New York Deceptive Acts and Practices Act, and the New York False Advertising Act.
In addition, Bride and Tyler Clementi Foundation are demanding that YOLO and LMK be removed and banned from the market until they can provide evidence that protections have been implemented. They also want Snap Inc. to eliminate all third-party applications that don’t take the necessary measures to protect users from cyberbullying.
Class certification, physical and emotional damages, injunctive relief, restitution, interest, legal costs, and a jury trial are all sought in the class action.
Editor’s Note on Snapchat, YOLO, LMK Cyberbullying Class Action Lawsuit:
This article is published to inform you of the latest class action lawsuit filed against Snapchat, YOLO, and LMK due to allegations that they failed to protect users from online bullying.
Case Name & No.: Bride et al v. Snap Inc. et al, Case No. 3:21-cv-03473-TSH, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (San Francisco Division)
Products/Services: Social media apps Snapchat, YOLO, LMK
Allegations: Snapchat, YOLO, and LMK failed to protect users from online bullying
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