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In the city of Seattle, Washington State, USA, public schools have filed a lawsuit against giant technology companies associated with popular social media platforms due to their negative effects on the mental health of children.

Public schools in the Seattle, Washington area have filed a 91-page complaint with a state district court.

In the petition, it was alleged that ByteDance, owner of TikTok, owner of Instagram and Facebook, Meta, owner of YouTube and Google and Snap, owner of Snapchat, acted in public harm by targeting children in their products.

The petition, which argues that companies cause poor mental health and behavioral disorders such as anxiety and cyberbullying, noted that it has become more difficult to teach students.

The petition stated that schools should hire more mental health professionals, develop lesson plans around the effects of social media, and provide additional training for teachers.

The petition alleged that the defendants had successfully exploited the vulnerable minds of young people, and the petition noted that youth-oriented content is often harmful.

The petition noted that from 2009 to 2019, the number of students in Seattle-area public schools who felt “extremely sad or hopeless for two weeks” increased by an average of 30 percent.

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