AXIOS June 19, 2024
April Rubin

A warning label on social media could be as easy to ignore as an explicit music lyric notice.

Why it matters: The U.S. Surgeon General’s recent call for a tobacco-style warning on social media platforms falls flat, some tech researchers and writers argue.

  • Surgeon General Vivek Murthy called for a label on social media sites warning that they’re “associated with significant mental health harms for adolescents.”
  • The call echoes parents’ struggle on how to handle social media use for teens who largely aren’t worried about their own screen time.

State of play: The chorus of responses to such a blanket warning on social media — which can be a safe haven for many communities — have ranged from...

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