The Hoosier State isn’t messing around.
According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Indiana is suing Chinese social media platform TikTok for targeting young teens with adult content —the latest blow to the app in a long string of bans over privacy and security concerns.
From The Wall Street Journal:
Indiana filed a pair of lawsuits against TikTok Wednesday, alleging the platform is deceiving consumers about its content and data security, the latest in a growing number of moves by state officials to push back against the platform’s influence on children and its connections to China.
The state said its lawsuits are the first of their kind against the popular app and its owner, Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd. In one of the complaints, Indiana alleged that TikTok’s algorithm is designed to addict young users and promotes harmful content that isn’t appropriate for them. The lawsuit cites studies and reports linking heavy use of the platform to mental disorders among teenagers, including eating disorders and depression.
“TikTok is actively exposing our children to drug use, alcohol abuse, profanity and sexually explicit material at a young age,” Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita, a Republican, said. “TikTok is deceiving Indiana parents.”
more over at The Wall Street Journal:
Breaking: Indiana sued TikTok, alleging the platform misleads consumers about mature content and data security https://t.co/7MEH5WwfNV
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) December 7, 2022