Seattle Schools Sue Big Tech Over Social Media Harm

Seattle Public Schools has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court attempting told hold tech companies behind platforms TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Snapchat accountable for increasing mental health issues among young people.
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

  • The novel lawsuit filed Friday that argues social media companies have created a public nuisance by targeting children for their products.
  • The 91-page complaint blames the companies for such behavioral disorders as anxiety, depression, disordered eating and cyberbullying.
  • Such disorders makes teaching  students more difficult and forces schools to take such additional steps as hiring mental health professionals, the suit also argues.

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