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TikTok feeds teens a diet of darkness

By Julie Jargon

13 May 2023 · 4 min read

The WSJ reports on research that shows that when researchers created accounts for fictitious 13-year-olds, they were quickly inundated with videos about eating disorders, body image and suicide.

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Calls to ban TikTok in the U.S. are growing louder. Government leaders are trying to keep the popular China-owned social video platform away from schools, public workers, even entire states, on the grounds that users’ data could wind up in the wrong hands.

Data privacy, though, might be less worrisome than the power of TikTok’s algorithm. Especially if you’re a parent.

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