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Social Media’s Potential Harms Continue To Be In the Spotlight

President Biden, during his first State of the Union address, called on Congress to “strengthen privacy protections, ban targeted advertising to children, [and] demand [that] tech companies stop collecting personal data on our children.” Specifically, the President is asking Congress to invest in research on social media’s mental harms, noting that there has already emerged research suggesting that social media is associated with negative mental health outcomes, particularly among young people, and that children under 18 are disproportionately vulnerable to the dangerous and harmful content they might encounter online. Read more…