TikTok Is Being Investigated For It’s Effect On Kids
We all kind of know that TikTok probably isn't a beneficial platform for children to be on, but attorneys general from several states have decided to launch a formal investigation into the matter.
On Wednesday, attorneys general from California, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Vermont announced a bipartisan coalition to examine whether the company violated state consumer protection laws and put the public at risk.
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However, many are still concerned about the impact of the app, "The investigation focuses, among other things, on the techniques utilized by TikTok to boost young user engagement, including strategies or efforts to increase the duration of time spent on the platform and frequency of engagement with the platform." The press release states.
Twitter users reacted to the news with mixed reviews. Some think the investigation is unnecessary.
I have 3 kids - ages 9-14 & they use tiktok as a creative outlet. This is dumb tbh. Waste of time & taxpayer money. Really comes off as backlash for the roll Gen z & other tiktokers play to disseminate information.... like what tfg thought he was gonna have a packed house.
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Notable children like North West have become popular creators on the app and parents like Kim Kardashian have been criticized for allowing their children to use it.
TikTok responded to the investigation, “We care deeply about building an experience that helps to protect and support the well-being of our community, and appreciate that the state attorneys general are focusing on the safety of younger users. We look forward to providing information on the many safety and privacy protections we have for teens."
Either way, young users on social media have always been controversial. *Cough Cough* Instagram for Kids.
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