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January 1, NYC Sues Social Media Outlets Over Youth Mental Health Crisis



New York City has taken legal action against several social media giants, including TikTok, YouTube, and other platforms. The city alleges that these platforms have knowingly contributed to the escalating “youth mental health crisis.”

The lawsuit was made public on Wednesday through a press release issued by the office of New York City Mayor Eric Adams. The mayor pointed the finger at these platforms for disseminating addictive and damaging content to children.

“Over the past decade, we have seen just how addictive and overwhelming the online world can be, exposing our children to a non-stop stream of harmful content and fueling our national youth mental health crisis,” Adams stated.

The press release for the lawsuit identifies five primary targets — TikTok, owned by ByteDance, Facebook and Instagram, owned by Meta, Snapchat, owned by Snap, and YouTube, owned by Google.

Adams further commented, “Today, we’re taking bold action on behalf of millions of New Yorkers to hold these companies accountable for their role in this crisis, and we’re building on our work to address this public health hazard. This lawsuit and action plan are part of a larger reckoning that will shape the lives of our young people, our city, and our society for years to come.”

The city’s officials argue that local youths “compulsively” use these social media services, even during school hours.

The lawsuit maintains that these social media companies “designed, developed, produced, operated, promoted, distributed, and marketed” their products to “attract, capture, and addict youth, with minimal parental oversight.”

In response to the lawsuit, the companies named have categorically denied the accusations made by the New York City government.

A spokesperson for TikTok responded to the lawsuit by saying, “TikTok has industry-leading safeguards to support teens’ well-being, including age-restricted features, parental controls, an automatic 60-minute time limit for users under 18, and more. We regularly partner with experts to understand emerging best practices, and will continue to work to keep our community safe by tackling industry-wide challenges.”

A representative from Snapchat also commented, “Snapchat was intentionally designed to be different from traditional social media, with a focus on helping Snapchatters communicate with their close friends. Snapchat opens directly to a camera — rather than a feed of content that encourages passive scrolling — and has no traditional public likes or comments.”

Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, stated, “We want teens to have safe, age-appropriate experiences online, and we have over 30 tools and features to support them and their parents. We’ve spent a decade working on these issues and hiring people who have dedicated their careers to keeping young people safe and supported online.”

The New York City government reportedly spends $100 million on programs for young people grappling with mental health issues.

Why It Matters (op-ed)

Once again, the left-wing government of New York City is overreaching in its attempts to control private companies. This lawsuit against TikTok, Instagram, and other social media apps is nothing more than a desperate attempt to shift blame for the “youth mental health crisis” onto successful businesses.

Instead of addressing the root causes of mental health issues, Mayor Adams and his administration choose to demonize social media platforms that have already implemented measures to protect young users. This legal action is a prime example of government overreach and the left’s refusal to take personal responsibility for their own failures.

With this frivolous lawsuit, New York City wastes taxpayer money and stifles innovation. It’s time we focus on real solutions to mental health issues instead of scapegoating social media platforms.

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  1. Jimi Sigler

    February 18, 2024 at 8:39 am

    Young people love it, old people don’t understand it, SUE, SUE, SUE!

  2. p. ashley

    February 18, 2024 at 8:41 am

    Some people in government feel they have to control every thing.

  3. Taxpayer

    February 18, 2024 at 4:18 pm

    Liberal vs liberal.
    I love it.

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