Investigation into social media app TikTok begins

BOSTON (WWLP) — Many are concerned about the social media app TikTok and the app’s effects on the mental and physical health of young children and teens.

Attorney General Maura Healey has launched a nationwide investigation into TikTok to see if the app promotes, exploits and targets their platform at young adults, teens and children in ways that could cause or worsen mental and physical 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 Attorney General Healey. “State attorneys general have an imperative to protect young people and seek more information about how companies like TikTok impact their daily lives.”

The investigation will examine what harm the app could cause to young people and whether TikTok knew it was causing harm. The survey will explore the methods and techniques used by TikTok to drive engagement, including increased time spent on the app.

In May 2021, 44 attorneys general urged Facebook to end its plan to create a version of Instagram for children under 13. In November 2021, Attorney General Healey announced that she would be leading the investigation into Meta Platforms Inc for creating an Instagram social media platform. for kids.

Several attorneys general in the country are leading this investigation on TikTok.

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