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New York City sues social media platforms over youth mental health crisis

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New York City is taking legal action against several social media networks, claiming that their platforms are contributing to mental health issues among young users and costing the city $100 million annually in related health programs and services. The lawsuit includes TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and YouTube as defendants, alleging that their designs are responsible for an increase in depression and suicide ideation among young people. This legal move follows congressional hearings where social media executives were questioned about the negative impact of their platforms on the mental health of younger users, particularly teenage girls. New York City is seeking monetary damages and relief to support prevention education and mental health treatment. The city has also introduced a social media action plan to hold these companies accountable and provide support to young people and families affected by these issues.