OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The Oklahoma Attorney General participated in a nationwide investigation into meta-platforms, formerly known as Facebook, and one of its platform’s impact on young users.
“It’s going to be a bit of a challenge,” said Patrick Allmond, owner of Focus Digital Media. “What we need to be aware of with these social media companies – they don’t really offer any of the problems that are online. They just connect us. “
On Friday, Attorney General John O’Connor signed an investigation into the effects of Instagram on children. Several attorneys general have already signed, accusing Meta of violating state consumer protection laws and endangering the public.
“What we need to be aware of with these social media companies, they don’t really offer any of the problems that are online. They just connect us, ”said Allmond. “Facebook could endanger the youth by using social media, just by connecting everyone.”
The group accused the company of using techniques to addiction to children by increasing the number and frequency of opening the app.
Allmond said you have to keep in mind, the business makes its money in ads. It attracts people by connecting similar users and by rewarding content creators who keep users engaged.
“She knows our interests and our viewing habits better than we do,” says the social media expert. “I think with enough protection it would be okay. With a lot of parental approval it would be fine, but it’s still a very dangerous area at the moment. “
The AG’s office said Facebook and Instagram’s own internal research shows that Instagram use is linked to an increased risk of physical and mental health damage in young people, including depression, eating disorders, and even suicide.
“If there are things that trip me or you, when it comes to our mental health or our self-image or our self-esteem or our ego, we’re going to see things on social media that make it worse,” Allmond said. “I think often we as a society and as parents just need to do a better job of making sure our children know what is right online and what is inappropriate online.”
AG O’Connor added that his team is invested in protecting children from the harmful effects of social media.
KFOR contacted the attorney general’s office, but no one was available for discussion.
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