Did TikTok Violate Consumer Protection Laws?
March 17, 2023 | Mississippi
Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch has joined a 46-state coalition in asking a state court to order social media company TikTok, Inc. to fully comply with an ongoing investigation into whether the company violated consumer protection laws.
“With TikTok’s audience being largely young users, it is especially critical we ensure our laws are being followed,” said Fitch. “We launched this multistate investigation to examine their practices, but TikTok has not only refused to cooperate with this investigation but appears to be openly defiant of our authority. We have urged the court to allow us to carry out our duties and ensure TikTok is taking every step possible to protect our children and teens.”
As part of the multistate investigation led by Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti, state attorneys general have sought to review internal TikTok communications to determine whether the company engaged in deceptive, unfair, and unconscionable conduct that harms the mental health of TikTok users, particularly children and teens. (Excerpt from DeSoto County News.)