Utah is the latest state to file suit against TikTok, alleging the social media site misled its citizens about its relationship to its Chinese parent company and deceptively touted its platform as safe.
TikTok has already faced similar lawsuits from Arkansas and Indiana, while Montana has chosen to ban the app altogether, a move that TikTok and creators have challenged. The action among states targeting TikTok stands in contrast to stagnation in Washington, where proposed legislation that could lead to a ban of the app has stalled following an early wave of bipartisan momentum. It underscores how states have taken the lead on many tech policy issues given the difficulty of moving legislation through Congress.
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox invoked research about social media’s effect on adolescents, including a recent U.S. Surgeon General report, in announcing the lawsuit Tuesday.
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