Seattle Public Schools are suing China-owned TikTok, Facebook, Google's YouTube, and Snapchat.
The district is accusing the social media giants of causing a "mental health crisis among America’s Youth."
"The lawsuit claims that tech giants are exploiting the addictive nature of social media, leading to higher anxiety, depression, and thoughts of self-harm amongst young people, according to a report by Engadget," reports Breitbart.
"Defendants' growth is a product of choices they made to design and operate their platforms in ways that exploit the psychology and neurophysiology of their users into spending more and more time on their platforms," the lawsuit reads.
The complaint goes on to say that "the rates at which children have struggled with mental health issues have climbed steadily since 2010 and by 2018 made suicide the second leading cause of death for youths."
As a result, students are "less likely to attend school, more likely to engage in substance use, and to act out, all of which directly affects Seattle Public Schools’ ability to fulfill its educational mission," the lawsuit continues.
"Google, which owns YouTube, responded to the lawsuit, telling Axios, 'We have invested heavily in creating safe experiences for children across our platforms and have introduced strong protections and dedicated features to prioritize their wellbeing. For example, through Family Link, we provide parents with the ability to set reminders, limit screen time and block specific types of content on supervised devices,'" added Breitbart.
"A Facebook spokesperson offered a similar response, stating, 'We’ve developed more than 30 tools to support teens and families, including supervision tools that let parents limit the amount of time their teens spend on Instagram, and age verification technology that helps teens have age-appropriate experiences,'" reported Breitbart.
"TikTok, an app owned by a hostile foreign country, is also a huge offender. The China-owned app is known for being a danger to youth," reports Breitbart. "Not only does TikTok’s algorithm make it easier for teenagers to go viral and gain internet fame when they post sexualized videos, the app has also gotten kids to participate in trends that are dangerous and even life-threatening."