School District Sues Social Media Companies Over Youth Mental Health Crisis

PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 26: In this photo illustration, the logos of social media applications, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, WeChat, Signal, Telegram, TikTok, Twitter and Facebook are displayed on the screen of an iPhone  on April 26, 2022 in Paris, France. The U.S. multi-billionaire Elon Musk bought the social network Twitter on Monday April 25 for the sum of 44 billion dollars after two weeks of arm wrestling with the company's board of directors. (Photo illustration by Chesnot/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • On Friday, Seattle Public Schools filed a lawsuit against several social media giants, claiming that the companies have “created” a youth mental health crisis that has directly interfered with teachers’ ability to instruct students and strained school resources.
  • The lawsuit claims that social media platforms violated Washington’s public nuisance law and seeks the maximum amount of compensatory damages from the parent companies of Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, and YouTube.
  • According to the complaint, damages will be used to expand SPS’s mental health resources.

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