After Instagram, a group of state attorneys general investigates the effects of TikTok on children and adolescents

TikTok is currently being investigated by a bipartisan group of state attorneys general to understand the negative effects the short-form video platform could have on the health of children and adolescents. Additionally, GAs attempt to determine whether the app has violated national consumer protection laws.

This group of state attorneys general also investigated Instagram for the same issue. After Instagram for Kids controversy, company chief Adam Mosseri had to testify before Congress about how the app affects kids; then, at the end of 2021, Instagram announced its first parental controls following the controversy.

Now, according to CNBCthis group studies whether “the design, operations or promotion of TikTok to young users negatively affects their physical or mental health”.

“While children and adolescents are already struggling with issues of anxiety, social pressure and depression, we cannot allow social media to further harm their physical health and mental well-being,” said Massachusetts AG Maura Healey, one of the coalition’s leaders. in a report.

The press release shows that the AGs will look into “the potential harms to young people using the app and what TikTok knew about those harms.”

Along with Healey, attorneys general from California, Florida, Kentucky, Nebraska, New Jersey, Tennessee and Vermont are also part of this investigation.

A TikTok spokesperson issued a statement on this investigation:

We care deeply about creating an experience that helps protect and support the well-being of our community, and appreciate that state attorneys general are focused on keeping young users safe. We look forward to providing information on the many security and privacy protections we have for teens.

9to5Mac will be sure to follow up on this story once the group of state attorneys general wraps up.


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