Seattle schools sue tech giants over social media harm

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The public school district in Seattle has filed a novel lawsuit against the tech giants behind TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Snapchat, seeking to hold them accountable for the mental health crisis among youth.

Seattle Public Schools filed the lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court. The 91-page complaint says the social media companies have created a public nuisance by targeting their products to children.

It blames them for worsening mental health and behavioral disorders including anxiety, depression, disordered eating and cyberbullying; making it more difficult to educate students; and forcing schools to take steps such as hiring additional mental health professionals, developing lesson plans about the effects of social media, and providing additional training to teachers.

“Defendants have successfully exploited the vulnerable brains of youth, hooking tens of millions of students across the country into positive feedback loops of excessive use and abuse of Defendants’ social media platforms,” the complaint said. “Worse, the content Defendants curate and direct to youth is too often harmful and exploitive ....”

 

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YouTube shouldn’t be on there. I’d argue it does a better job at teaching kids about English, Math, History and Physical Education.

interesting that Seattle blames social media on kids’ problems instead of bad and no parenting. Kids aren’t on Facebook. Their parents are —having affairs with losers from high school. Or moms have a live-in fiancé of the month and kids never met their sperm donors. Start there.

Yet they (Seattle SB) are still using these platforms themselves to communicate.

Cc drjessmaddox

The other shoe is about to fall

The entire education system should be arrested for destroying these kids.

Lol, this is hilarious!

Transfer of blame

Why would the school district have standing here unless they had allowed students to use these sites?

Thanks SeaPubSchools for wasting money that could be going to support student education. This is so dumb…even for Seattle Public Schools.

Oh, Tech giants are the only ones responsible for the mental health crisis? What about the government that used a strong arm in this situation? What about the GMO foods that the children are eating? What about mRNA? This is bigger than just the Tech Giants. EXPAND your story.

Good morning class. I’m your new teacher. I’m going to help you with your mental health crisis.

I strongly support this suit

Shouldn't they be suing the parents? How does this make any sense?

Complete waste of tax payer money… Woke really makes stupid decisions…

I agreed with this lawsuit 🤚

Schools are trying to shift responsibility.

That's a great idea but who's going to hold the Seattle School District accountable for all the CRT and you can be any gender you want to be crap that it's doing

Lol yea I guess parents have nothing to do with it

and what about the teachers doing same......

Interesting

Tik tok wins again! Or China wins again lol. Same difference

Include the parents too they never guide their children they depend only in school

The absentee parents should be liable!

Anyway this comes down this could be interesting.

Seattle officials got bigger problems. For starter they should address their failed drug policy…

This is ridiculous. No one FORCED anyone to join the sites. That falls on BAD PARENTING who need to know what their children are doing at all times or not allow them to join these FREE Apps. MonitorYourKids for safety reasons online always. BeTheParentNotFriendFirst

First of many I hope. Big tech is acting like Al Capone these days...

If anyone should’ve been accountable it should be the parents

Ridiculous. Hold their parents responsible.

lol - good lick with that since they probably paid fir your legislator's reelection campaign

Oh right not because schools shut down and forced kids to wear masks. The US education: Never take responsibility and blame everyone else.

Goal of lawsuit?

Teachers have insisted they know best for kids and if a line of action has occurred, they are responsible. Of course public school covid policies have nothing to do with it even tho is has been established. That lawsuit will backfire

They need to broaden their thinking...television is another Or should I say tell-a-vision, programming us since we were little, and use fluoride toothpaste.

I love that seattle is trying to blame everyone else for a bunch of things they passed that caused this. It's really perfect.

That's ridiculous, it's called self control and kids need to be taught that if they're not smart enough to figure it out, some law suits are good, this one isn't.

No fan of social media here but this is just another ploy of the failed public education system to point the finger of blame anywhere but at itself.

😂🤣

Wait what? Liberal “one of the Bluest of blue” states is acting like a red state?

You know there is free will in America, These Kids can easily TURN OFF The Phone or computer and go Read a Book. and the School Districts can easily Block these websites and ban phone usage. Duh.

Brilliant move, bravo, I hope they are successful.

Yep... blame the app, not the individual.

Good luck on that one. Also, the parents are more responsible than the corpos.

As if having to do shooter drills while in elementary school isn't a HUGE factor in kids' mental health. Why not hold the NRA, Republicans, gun manufacturers, etc accountable? 🤔

Living in Seattle or Portland would be enough to give anyone depression and despair.

delete the app. case dismissed

They need to look no further but into themselves first and foremost.

Trying is better then not doing anything causing more social decay, social media, and news itself are a double edge sword - We just have to swing this into a positive movement and balance things out, constructive criticism is better then trolling.🙂

The way things are going to come, all over. With you guys. These platforms have taken away children’s childhood and happiness.

When I see kids complaining of backaches following hours of social media streaming, what’s worse is that I can only think of the psychological damage causing the mental health crisis among our youth

Parenting plays a role as well.

Why not sue the parents parents who have purchased the phones and allow their children to have those apps.

File suit against the parents too.

Good.

Wait…if children with guns is “irresponsible parents” then why isn’t access to social media the fault of irresponsible parenting?

Turn. It. Off. You are in control. You can do it wo censoring others.

Absurd.

Child abuse.

Oh boy, Think those parents are mad now. Wait to the see just how bad they really fuck with kids. Especially teenagers. 100% criminal.

Ummmmmm, parents should be the FIRST LINE of defense concerning social media with their kids. No phone=not really a problem. Gotta have a phone=learn how to restrict content/times, etc. Quit blaming everyone. 🤷‍♀️

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Parents though = zero accountability for their kids actions

In their mind, it's probably also social media's fault that Seattle is one of the U.S. cities where you have to watch for discarded hypodermic needles and human feces when you walk down the street.

If we can have an international social media day to acknowledge awareness of social media, the harmful effects and the positive effects as well as remind users to take regularly mental day breaks, then these platforms would be more balanced.

Other than the facts that they don't have standing and that the platforms are protected by the First Amendment, great idea. FFS.

This is actually wonderful news. Because in so many ways this is similar to an addictive drug being peddled to young people.

School district should add the inattentive negligent parents to that lawsuit also.

Not that the school or the parents aren’t responsible for their kids usage of these apps.

Aimed HIGH, bypassed all other internal and external factors.

Didn’t they keep children out of school then in cloth masks during the NOVEL COVID event causing mental health issues.

I mean, they're not really wrong. 🤷

Well it's a start.

Lol.

Nevermind the pharmaceuticals

truth Truth = WEFpuppets mind control = ManMade MentalHealthIssues technology is a tool Not A Way Of Life!

So will any of the proceeds go to the victims ? Or how does the school even have standing .

Seattle right now:

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