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5 February, 2024

Mark Zuckerberg’s Billions vs Surge In Teenage Girls Suicides

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Zuckerberg's Billions vs Teenage Suicides

Talk is cheap. Doing the right thing costs money.

"Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologised to families who say their children had been harmed by social media... "I'm sorry for everything you've all gone through, it's terrible. No-one should have to go through the things that your families have suffered." - BBC

The same day, "Zuckerberg’s fortune surged by $28B. He is the world’s fourth-richest person, with a net worth of $170 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index." - NY Post

We mapped the surge in teenage suicides against Facebook's share price.

Mark Zuckerberg's Billions vs Surge In Teenage Girls Suicides

Check the facts for yourself

We used data on suicide rates among young people from Our World In Data.

Additional information is from this report is developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) to highlight the national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data.

"In 2021, 16% of high school students were electronically bullied, including through texting, Instagram, Facebook, or other social media, during the past year. Female students were more likely than male students to be electronically bullied. American Indian or Alaska Native and White students were more likely than students from most other racial and ethnic groups to be electronically bullied. LGBQ+ students and students who had any same-sex partners were more likely than their peers to be electronically bullied." - Page 52

Mark Zuckerberg's Billions vs Surge In Teenage Girls Suicides

Mark Zuckerberg's toxic platform

"Facebook has dominated the social-media world for nearly a decade and a half. Its flagship product supplanted earlier platforms and quickly became ubiquitous in schools and American life more broadly. When it bought its emerging rival Instagram in 2012, Facebook didn’t take a healthy platform and turn it toxic. Mark Zuckerberg’s company actually made few major changes in its first years of owning the photo-sharing app, whose users have always skewed younger and more female. The toxicity comes from the very nature of a platform that girls use to post photographs of themselves and await the public judgments of others." - The Atlantic

USA Suicide Rate in 2020. Mark Zuckerberg's Billions vs Surge In Teenage Girls Suicides

Meta Share Price

"Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune surged by more than $28 million after the Meta CEO profited off his company’s record-breaking stock surge. As of Monday, Zuckerberg is the world’s fourth-richest person, with a net worth of $170 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index." - NY Post

Meta Platforms - 12 Year Stock Split History | META - data from Macro Trends

Meta platform share price

Children are just pawns in this game to make money

“It lacked any heart... “I think he could have done better in his apology to us.” When asked what was going through her mind as she listened to the tech CEOs defend themselves, Norring said that it was “very frustrating to sit and listen to them. I just feel like for them, our children are just casualties, pawns, in this game to make money,” said Bridgette Norring a mother whose son died from an accidental fentanyl overdose.

Mark Zuckerberg and Meta are a threat to American democracy and teenagers

Fed up with tech CEO apologies

“An apology by Mark Zuckerberg is not enough... We need action. We need laws. We need protections …. we're fed up with apologies.“ Their CEOs showed up today with even more excuses. It was outrageous,” said Senator Ed Markey (D-MA).

Markey who pioneered the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, a 1998 law that bars the nonconsensual collection of data of kids under age 13, urged passing an update to the law extending those protections to teens. - CNN

TakeAway: Hold billionaire tech CEOs accountable for the harm they cause. Vote for President Biden and democrats to protect your children.

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Tell your Senators: We need the Kids Online Safety Act now

  • Require platforms to provide users with options to turn off engagement-based algorithms and disable addictive product features.
  • Require platforms to give users options to restrict messages from other users and make their platforms private, in order to prevent and mitigate cyber bullying.
  • Require that platforms address the ways in which their recommendation systems promote drug usage and other illegal substances to kids and teens.
  • Require clear and easy to understand privacy policies for minors, notice about any heightened risk from personalized recommendations and information about the safeguards offered.
  • Establish easy-to-use reporting mechanisms for minors, parents and schools to report to covered platforms and requires a timely response from the companies.
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