A coalition of Unites States attorneys are how TikTok affects young people’s mental as well as physical health.
The attorneys from California, Florida, Kentucky are also looking at the platforms’ techniques that influences and boosts engagement and frequency of usage.
“As children and teens already grapple with issues of anxiety, social pressure, and depression, we cannot allow social media to further harm their physical health and mental well-being,” Massachusetts AG Maura Healey, one of the leaders of the coalition, said in a statement.
The Verge reports that the AGs will look into potential harms to young people using the app and what TikTok knew about those harms, according to a press release.
“We care deeply about building an experience that helps to protect and support the well-being of our community, and appreciate that the state attorneys general are focusing on the safety of younger users,” a TikTok spokesperson said in a statement. “We look forward to providing information on the many safety and privacy protections we have for teens.”