A Maryland school district has sued Google, Facebook, Snap, and TikTok for allegedly contributing to a mental health crisis among students due to the addictive nature of their apps.
The district claims that these companies have been ignoring the harmful effects their products have on children’s mental and physical health for the past ten years.
It accuses the companies of creating defective parental controls and of failing to comply with parental control measures.
Other parts of the lawsuit address the defects in each app, along with safety gaps that the district alleges promote child sexual exploitation and promote child pornography.
In addition to the school district in Maryland, other school districts in Washington state, Florida, California, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Alabama, Tennessee, and others have similar lawsuits over the negative effects social media has had on the mental health of kids.