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Social Media Killed Her Teen Son, Mother Alleges in Lawsuit


In a complaint filed last week, Donna Dawley of Kenosha, Wisconsin, alleged the social media companies deliberately designed their algorithms to addict people, particularly minors and children, to their platforms and to limit parents' ability to monitor and protect their children online.

Christopher James Dawley, known as CJ to his friends and family, was 14 when he signed up for Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Like many teenagers, he documented his life on those platforms.

CJ worked as a busboy at Texas Roadhouse in Kenosha. He loved playing golf and watching "Doctor Who" and was highly sought after by top-tier colleges.

"His counselor said he could get a free ride anywhere he wanted to go," his mother told CNN Business.

During high school, CJ developed what his parents described as "an addiction to social media."

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