In December, New Mexico Attorney General Ral Torrez, filed a lawsuit against the tech giant saying that its social media platforms are a “prime location for predators to trade child pornography and solicit minors for sex.”
Torrez’s office said it carried out an undercover investigation of Meta’s platforms by creating decoy accounts of children aged 14 years old and under.
It said it found evidence that children were exposed to sexually explicit content and that dozens of adults were able to contact those children and pressure them into providing sexually explicit images of themselves.
Torrez told The Guardian that Meta is the “largest marketplace for predators and pedophiles globally” and that this investigation was just the “tip of the iceberg” in terms of the scale of the problem inside the company.
Big tech leaders from X, TikTok, Snap, and Discord were also called to testify and the child safety hearing.
Meta didn’t immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment, made outside of normal working hours.