State Attorneys General Launch Probe on TikTok & Youth Mental Health

From The Washington Post:

“A bipartisan coalition of state attorneys general on Wednesday announced an investigation into TikTok, focused on whether the company is designing and promoting its platform in a way that harms the physical and mental health of children and teens.

“The probe, announced in a news release from the Massachusetts attorney general’s office, will examine whether the company’s practices violated state consumer protection laws and put the public at risk. The same attorneys general are leading a similar probe into Meta, the parent company of Instagram and Facebook.

“’As children and teens already grapple with issues of anxiety, social pressure, and depression, we cannot allow social media to further harm their physical health and mental wellbeing,’ Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (D) said in a statement. ‘State attorneys general have an imperative to protect young people and seek more information about how companies like TikTok are influencing their daily lives….’”