Big Tech is one step closer to being held accountable for putting kids into a trance.
Google, Meta, ByteDance, and Snap had petitioned the court to dismiss a case against the collective for illegally enticing and addicting teenagers at the cost of their mental health.
U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers shut the door on the request.
Big Tech has been hit with a slew of cases over the last few months from state attorneys general and school districts.
I don’t think anyone would argue that smartphones and apps like TikTok have turned kids into slaves to these phones.
How many children have we seen die over stupid TikTok challenges? When do these providers take some responsibility for not having the proper controls to protect children, which was the very reason Rogers decided against big tech and its motion.
Rogers stated, "Addressing these defects would not require that defendants change how or what speech they disseminate.
"For example, parental notifications could plausibly empower parents to limit their children's access to the platform or discuss platform use with them."
Lexi Hazam, Previn Warren, and Chris Seeger, the lead lawyers representing the plaintiffs, stated, "Today's decision is a significant victory for the families that have been harmed by the dangers of social media.
“The Court's ruling repudiates Big Tech's overbroad and incorrect claim that Section 230 or the First Amendment should grant them blanket immunity for the harm they cause to their users."
So far, 42 state attorneys general, DC, and more than 140 school districts have filed suits of one sort or another against Big Tech.
If these suits are successful, they may all but eliminate certain forms of social media, at least for kids, and I don’t know too many people who would be upset about that.
I, for one, and sick and tired of seeing kids zombified over their smartphones and tablets for hours and days at a time. I believe the erosion of social skills is directly tied to this.
That, of course, does not even account for the manipulation of children on these platforms.