Hold Social Media Cos. Legally Accountable For Cyberbullying

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By Christa Ramey (November 5, 2021, 5:36 PM EDT) — Testimony before Congress by Facebook whistleblower Francis Haugen[1] may have grabbed headlines last month, but it should have been no surprise to lawmakers, and anyone else who follows social media companies such as Meta Platforms Inc. (the newly renamed parent of Facebook and Instagram), Snap Inc. (owner of Snapchat) and TikTok Inc., that their platforms are toxic for today’s youth — especially for teenage girls.

In “tea rooms” or “shade rooms,” teens regularly post disparaging comments and photos of their peers with reckless abandon, engaging in online bullying with almost complete anonymity. The posts often use kids’ full names, for everyone…

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