Iowa sues TikTok alleging parents misled about improper content - MilectoIowa sues TikTok alleging parents misled about improper content - Milecto

Brenna Bird, the attorney general of Iowa, sued TikTok on Wednesday, saying that the famous video-focused social media site lied to parents about their kids’ exposure to inappropriate material. In a case brought in Polk County state court, Bird said that TikTok and its Chinese parent company, ByteDance, lied about how much drug, naked, drunk, and sexy material was on their website.

Bird, the Republican attorney general of Iowa, said he was worried that TikTok has stopped parents from knowing about the inappropriate material their kids may see. She stressed how important it was to bring attention to the fact that TikTok is said to expose young children to graphic content like sexual content, self-harm, and illegal drug use. Due to concerns about customer scams, Iowa wants financial fines and a court order to stop ByteDance-owned TikTok from doing dishonest things. In reaction, TikTok said it was committed to the safety of its young users and pointed out that it had the best safety measures in the business, including parental controls and time limits for users under 18. The platform promises to deal with problems in the business and put the safety of the community first.

A case was recently made against TikTok in Iowa. This is part of a larger trend; other states, like Arkansas and Utah, have also sued the social media site. This comes as governments around the world put more and more pressure on social media companies to make sure kids are safer from possibly dangerous material. In November, a judge in Indiana threw out a similar case, but reviews are still going on in other states.

Also, on January 2, Montana said it would be appealing a U.S. judge’s ruling from November that stopped the state’s one-of-a-kind ban on TikTok use. This court situation shows how TikTok and other platforms are being looked at more closely and how hard it is for them to deal with worries about content safety, especially for younger users.

Montana had planned to ban TikTok starting on January 1, but on November 30, U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy issued a preliminary order, which slowed down their plans. She said that Montana’s law “violates the Constitution in more ways than one” and “exceeds state authority.” Judge Molloy was worried about this. In a similar matter, Shou Zi Chew, CEO of TikTok, is set to appear before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on January 31 with other CEOs of social media companies to talk about online child sexual abuse.

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