(AP) – A Dakotas family of two sued Facebook, claiming the social network violated their parental rights by making a portal for parents who are not in the United States legally to connect with their children.
The lawsuit filed in federal court in Tulsa by the parents of the Dakotans Johnson, 24, and Johnson, 27, says the service violates the parental rights of American citizens who are eligible to receive a visa or green card through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and its parent company, United Technologies.
“This is a direct attack on the constitutional rights of parents and their children,” the parents’ lawyer, Eric Ewing, said.
“We don’t believe that the parents are entitled to anything more than a free, open platform to connect.”
The lawsuit also says Facebook, a leading social media platform, violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal laws when it requires parents to provide photos, video and other information that cannot be provided to a child.
Facebook is appealing the lawsuit.
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Dakota Johnson, right, speaks with her son Dakota, left, in their living room.
Dani Johnson, left and Dakota Johnson Sr., right, speak with their father and son during the first day of their family’s trip to the World Series.