State AGs Investigate TikTok
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey launched a nationwide
investigation into whether TikTok is designing, operating, and promoting
its social media platform to children, teens, and young adults in a
manner that causes or exacerbates physical and mental health harms.
Attorneys general nationwide are examining whether the company violated
state consumer protection laws and put the public at risk.
AG Healey, along with her colleagues across the country, has long
expressed concern about the negative impacts of social media platforms
on Massachusetts’s youngest residents.
“As children and teens already grapple with issues of anxiety, social
pressure, and depression, we cannot allow social media to further harm
their physical health and mental wellbeing,” said AG Healey. “State
attorneys general have an imperative to protect young people and seek
more information about how companies like TikTok are influencing their
investigation will look into the harms such usage may cause to young
people and what TikTok knew about those harms. The investigation
focuses, among other things, on the methods and techniques utilized by
TikTok to boost young user engagement, including increasing the duration
of time spent on the platform and frequency of engagement with the
In May 2021, a bipartisan coalition of 44 attorneys general urged
Facebook to abandon its plans to launch a version of Instagram for
children under 13. In November 2021, AG Healey announced her leadership
of a nationwide investigation into Meta Platforms, Inc., formerly known
as Facebook, for providing and promoting its social media platform
Instagram to kids.
Leading the investigation into TikTok is a bipartisan coalition of
attorneys general from California, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts,
Nebraska, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Vermont. They are joined by a broad
group of attorneys general from across the country.