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New York City is suing TikTok and Instagram for ‘addicting’ children

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New York City is the latest government to go after big tech companies for allegedly addicting kids to their platforms.

Several city agencies, including NYC’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Department of Education, filed suit against Meta, TikTok, Snap, and Google, accusing them of “fueling the nationwide youth mental health crisis.” The city charged them with public nuisance and negligence.

The city claims that the platforms’ design features, including recommendation algorithms and likes, addict children to the services and manipulate them into spending more and more time online.

The lawsuit adds to a growing wave of litigation from state and local governments that target tech platforms for allegedly addictive features…

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