S.C. lawmaker sues Meta after son’s sextortion suicide

‘I believe it is negligent on their part,’ Brandon Guffey said.
The Meta logo. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

A South Carolina lawmaker whose teenage son died by suicide after falling victim to a sextortion scam sued Instagram and its parent company Meta, alleging the social media giant’s products are addictive, dangerous and have led to a youth mental health crisis.

Rep. Brandon Guffey (R) filed a lawsuit in state court Monday as an individual and representative of his son’s estate, not in his capacity as a state legislator. He is represented by the Strom law firm in Columbia.

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