While some academics take issue with the phrase “smartphone addiction,” Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledged as long ago as 2018 that technology can be overused.
Lawsuits cannot be dismissed
Hundreds of separate federal lawsuits have been filed against Instagram’s Meta, TikTok’s Bytedance, Snap, Discord, and app store owner Google, alleging that they knowingly engaged in practices likely to lead to teenage addiction to social media apps.
The companies banded together to ask that all these cases be dismissed, on two grounds. First, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which says that companies are not responsible for user-generated content until they have been notified that it contravenes either the law or their own rules. Second, the First Amendment, which protects the right to free speech.
Bloomberg Law reports that a judge has now ruled on this, rejecting a blanket ban, and saying that each…
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