Ashley Moody joins different AGs in backing Senate social media hearings

Attorney General Ashley Moody makes several statements to support U.S. Senate hearings to investigate social media companies.

The tweet and media release surfaced Tuesday morning while the Senate’s trade subcommittee on consumer protection was asking questions Frances Haugen, a former Facebook employee became a whistleblower.

In a statement from her office, Moody cited being the parent of a vulnerable child when she expressed “serious concerns” about how Facebook keeps people online longer.

“As a mom of a middle school student, I don’t want social media companies targeting my son – tricking him into spending more time online; and as attorney general, I have serious concerns about the tactics and strategies Facebook is using to increase the time kids and teens spend on the platform. Inquiries like these congressional hearings should give the public a better understanding of how and why our youth are being targeted by big tech, ”Moody said.

The attorney general also signed one Federal Association of Advocates General Letter with 51 other AGs from various states and territories expressing virtually universal support for a Facebook investigation.

The working groups wrote that they were “excited” about the latest developments.

“As enforcement of the consumer protection laws of our jurisdiction, we find it deeply worrying that Facebook and other social media platforms are trying to increase user engagement by convening the youth of our country despite known harm to children and adolescents,” reads in the letter, noting that the harm from social media goes well beyond Facebook.

Perhaps more worrying is the fact that Facebook is doing all of this, as its own internal studies show that the resulting harm – increased psychological distress, bullying, suicidal ideation, and other self-harm – occurs in a significant number of children, particularly negative effects on young people Girl. And Facebook is not alone. WSJ also described how TikTok allows its algorithms to direct young users to pornographic websites depicting violence against women. “

“When the health of our young people becomes mere collateral damage to greater profits for social media companies, it is time for the government to step in,” warn the AGs.

Moody and other attorneys general have previously taken action against Facebook, including filing one Lawsuit in 2020 alleged antitrust violations by the online giant citing its Instagram and WhatsApp acquisitions over the past decade.

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