Attorney General Kwame Raoul is part of a coalition of 42 attorneys general who are suing Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, alleging that it created harmful features on its social media platforms to purposefully addict children and teens, while misleading the public that the features were safe.

The coalition asserts that Meta’s business practices violate state consumer protection laws and a federal online privacy protection law for children. Illinois is joining a federal lawsuit with 32 other states, while other attorney generals are suing in federal, state and District of Columbia courts.

“Our children are in crisis, and we need to act,” Raoul said in a statement. “The addictive features on Meta’s social media platforms interfere with sleep and education, enable cyberbullying, and contribute to depression, anxiety, body dysmorphia and thoughts of self-harm. I believe the action we are taking today against Meta is one of — if not the most — important consumer protection actions my office will take.”

A Meta spokesperson said they share the attorneys general’s “commitment to providing teens with safe, positive experiences online” and have pursued efforts to support teens and their families.

“We’re disappointed that instead of working productively with companies across the industry to create clear, age-appropriate standards for the many apps teens use, the attorneys general have chosen this path,” they said in a statement.

The lawsuits originate from a bipartisan, nationwide investigation that involved nearly all attorneys general. The coalition that brought the complaint Tuesday is also investigating TikTok.