Series from Wall Street Journal likens Facebook harms to Big Tobacco

New York (CNN) All week long, The Wall Street Journal’s “Facebook Files” series has invited comparisons of the social media platform to tobacco companies.

The Journal relied on internal company documents it obtained to showknows, “in acute detail,” about the problems with its platforms. The assorted harms to users are well-documented. But, in the words of the Journal, Facebook “hasn’t fixed” the flaws.

So: Social platforms are addictive and often harmful. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, told the Journal “Facebook seems to be taking a page from the textbook of Big Tobacco — targeting teens with potentially dangerous products while masking the science in public.”