AXIOS March 27, 2023
Social media companies are increasingly being blamed for historically high rates of depression, suicidality and other mental health issues in youths. And now, states and local governments are increasingly pursuing legislation and legal action.
Driving the news: Utah just passed a law limiting social media for minors and school districts in Seattle and San Mateo County, California, are suing leading platforms, charging they’re delivering harmful content to kids.
- It comes just as Congress ratcheted up pressure for a ban on TikTok for, among other things, the harmful impact it’s had on kids.
- The Biden administration’s surgeon general, Vivek Murthy, weighed in last month, telling CNN that age 13 is “too early” for kids to join social media.