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Long Island school districts sue social media giants

About a dozen Long Island school districts have sued big social media companies, alleging the platforms are harming students’ mental health. Defendants in the suit include Meta, the company behind Facebook and Instagram, as well as TikTok, Snap and Google.

The lawsuit calls social media platforms “addictive and dangerous” and alleges that schools have spent significant funds to counteract the harm they have caused.

The Long Island school districts listed as plaintiffs are South Huntington, Kings Park, Jericho, Great Neck, Port Jefferson, East Islip, North Merrick, Bellmore-Merrick, Merrick, Islip, Brentwood and Westbury. The Hebrew Academy of Nassau County has also filed suit.

In response, a Snap spokesperson wrote:

“Snapchat was intentionally designed to be different from traditional social networks, with the goal of helping Snapchat users communicate with their close friends. Snapchat opens directly to a camera, rather than a feed of content, and it doesn’t have traditional public “likes” or comments. We will always have more work to do, and we will continue to work to make Snapchat a platform that helps close friends feel connected, happy, and prepared to face the many challenges of adolescence.”

News 12 is awaiting responses from Meta, TikTok and Google.