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2 thoughts on “Utah latest state to sue TikTok, alleging it baits children into addictive habits

  1. So interesting that this is only targeted to TikTok. Like they are the only culprits of this accusation! It’s disingenuous to think they are the only ones. For this type of legislation to be taken serious, they either include all social media apps or drop it!

    Honestly more grass roots information gets out on TiK Tok than other platforms that are basically censoring information!

    1. They’re private companies. They can show what they want.

      I’d also not have allowed TikTok in the US as long as American social media networks are banned in China. Because if you believe that China isn’t seeing everything on TikTok, you probably also believe that Tom Allen is the right football coach for IU.

      A better question is that if they can claim to be platforms that are exempt from liability under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act if the primary (or in some cases only) way in which users interact with the platform is … via an algorithmic timeline that is designed to maximize user usage and engagement.

      Put another way, if the platform makes it impossible to just see the latest posts from people you’ve chosen to follow, or if every time that you use the app it defaults to show you what the app thinks will keep you on the platform longer, they’re not immune from consequences of the choices of what they’re showing you.

      At that point, they’re not just carriers of all traffic, they’re deciding what you see and don’t see.