Seattle Municipal Schools have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against social media ownership companies. The lawsuit notes that Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and Snapchat have created conditions that contribute to the “mental health crisis” of young Americans.

This is reported by The Guardian.

In a 91-page lawsuit, techno giants are accused of using children’s dependence on social media. Their content exploits “youth brain vulnerabilities”, which leads to the development of anxiety, causes depression and suggests self-harm. It is through social networks that teenagers resort to harmful diets, “sit down” on psychoactive substances and leave their studies.

Because of this, schools cannot perform their educational functions. Only during 2009-2019. The number of young people who refused certain usual actions through social networks increased by a third.

The lawsuit states that a provision of the U.S. Communications Decency Act (Section 230) exempts online platforms from liability for third-party content. However, it does not protect techno giants from punishment for the distribution of harmful content.