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State of New York sues TikTok, Instagram, YouTube and other social platforms over youth mental health crisis

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In New York City, its schools, and public hospital system have announced a lawsuit against the tech giants that run Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, and YouTube, blaming their “addictive and dangerous” social media platforms for fueling a childhood mental health crisis that is disrupting learning and draining resources.

 

The lawsuit is filed in the California Superior Court, stating the social applications are purposefully designed to be addictive to children and teenagers. The suit follows the Health Commissioner’s Advisory that DOHMH Commissioner Dr Vasan issued last month, citing the continued use of social media as a public hazard. The advisory calls for parents, healthcare providers, and more to take action.

 

“Over the past decade, we have seen just how addictive and overwhelming the online world can be, exposing our children to a non-stop stream of harmful content and fueling our national youth mental health crisis,” said Mayor Adams in a press statement.

 

“Our city is built on innovation and technology, but many social media platforms end up endangering our children’s mental health, promoting addiction, and encouraging unsafe behaviour.

“Today, we’re taking bold action on behalf of millions of New Yorkers to hold these companies accountable for their role in this crisis, and we’re building on our work to address this public health hazard. This lawsuit and action plan are part of a larger reckoning that will shape the lives of our young people, our city, and our society for years to come.”

 

NYC H+H Chief of Behavioral Health and Co-Deputy Chief Medical Officer Omar Fattal, MD, MPH added, “We must maximize our efforts to support the mental health needs of children and adolescents by providing families with tools and resources that foster healthy development. This includes robustly addressing the negative impact of social media on the mental health of children and adolescents. We join the mayor and DOHMH in encouraging all young people and their families to consider their use of social media and how it may be negatively affecting them.”

The country’s largest school district, with about 1 million students, has had to respond to disruptions in and out of the classroom, provide counselling for anxiety and depression, and develop curricula about the effects of social media and how to stay safe online, according to the filing.

 

The city spends more than $100 million on youth mental health programs and services each year, Mayor Eric Adams’ office said.

 

“Over the past decade, we have seen just how addictive and overwhelming the online world can be, exposing our children to a non-stop stream of harmful content and fueling our national youth mental health crisis,” Adams said.

The legal action is the latest of numerous lawsuits filed by states, school districts, and others claiming social media companies exploit children and adolescents by deliberating designing features that keep them endlessly scrolling and checking their accounts.

 

Teenagers know they spend too much time on social media but are powerless to stop, according to the new lawsuit, filed by the city of New York, its Department of Education, and New York City Health and Hospitals Corp., the country’s largest public hospital system.

 

The lawsuit seeks to have the companies’ conduct declared a public nuisance to be abated, as well as unspecified monetary damages.

 

In responses to the filing, the tech companies said they have and continue to develop and implement policies and controls that emphasize user safety.

 

“The allegations in this complaint are simply not true,” said José Castañeda, a spokesman for YouTube parent Google, who said by email that the company has collaborated with youth, mental health, and parenting experts.

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Vigilante Beats Man To Death Over Missing Phone Later Found With Owner’s Child

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A 29-year-old man identified as Joe Philip a.k.a Aboy, was beaten to death by members of Anioma Security Watch Network in Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State over a missing Nokia touch light phone.

The incident happened on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, 2024, following the death of a young man whom they said was accused of stealing a Nokia touch light phone.

According to an eyewitness who spoke to an Ika news portal, the deceased returned from the church and turned on his generator to relax when an elderly woman living in the same compound with him came to charge her phone in his room to come pick it up later.

While the young man was having a nap, it was said that the woman’s son came to pick up his mother’s phone from the young man’s room without his knowledge.

It was gathered that when the woman returned to pick up her phone and couldn’t find it, the deceased expressed dismay at the disappearance of the phone, however, promised to replace it for her, but the woman insisted that she needed her exact phone or else she would ‘’teach him a lesson of his life.

The young man’s plea to provide her a similar phone didn’t go down well with the woman hence she invited members of a local security outfit, Anioma Security Watch Network for intervention.

The vigilante members arrived at the scene in the compound and descended on the young man, requesting him to provide the missing phone. The witness said several people pleaded with them but they insisted that he must provide the phone before they leave him.

The persistent beating continued until they realised that the situation had gone out of their control, so they stopped. Narrating further, he said after a while they noticed that the motionless body of the deceased became cold and stiff, they immediately carried him to the office of the security group, Anioma Security Watch Network, at 17 Gbenoba Str, Agbor, where the

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Lagos Police Rescue Abducted Fouani Brothers And Crew

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The Lagos State Police Command has successfully rescued the abducted Fouani brothers along with two others.

Police spokesperson Benjamin Hundeyin confirmed the rescue in a text message on Tuesday.

Abbas Fouani, Youssef Fouani, and Amtal Fouani, who were kidnapped on June 14 around 6 p.m., were freed in a late-night operation in the Orugbo Iddo area by the Marine Police.

One of the rescued brothers is the Managing Director of Fouani Nigeria Limited, a key distributor of LG, Hisense, and Maxi products in Nigeria.

The brothers were reportedly returning from their factory by boat when they were abducted.

There is no confirmation if the kidnappers, who had demanded a $1.5 million ransom, received any payment before the rescue.

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“She was a virgin before she left for service but I can’t vouch for her again” – Nigerian man says as he launches search for a husband for his sister-in-law.

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_Unusual Search for a Husband_

– _Unique Requirements_: A Nigerian man has taken to social media to search for a husband for his sister-in-law, with a specific condition: the suitor must be willing to accept her changed status.

– _Changed Circumstances_: The man revealed that his sister-in-law was a virgin before she left for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program but implied that her status may have changed during her service.

– _Honesty and Acceptance_: The man is seeking a husband who will accept her despite the possibility that she may no longer be a virgin.

– _Social Media Reaction_: The post has sparked a mix of reactions, with some praising the man’s honesty and others questioning his approach to finding a husband for his sister-in-law.

– _Cultural and Social Norms_: The search highlights the complexities of cultural and social expectations surrounding virginity and relationships in Nigeria.

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