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Attorneys general want Apple, Google to raise age ratings for TikTok

By: - December 16, 2022 3:45 pm
In this photo illustration, a cellphone can be seen displaying the logos for Chinese apps WeChat and TikTok in front of a monitor showing the flags of the United States and China.

Attorneys general from 15 states have written the CEOs of Apple and Google urging them to update their age ratings for the social media application TikTok. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Attorneys general from 15 states want Apple and Google to increase their age ratings for  the social media application TikTok. They have sent letters to the companies’ CEOs that say states have the right to pursue legal action if age ratings for the app aren’t changed.

The Apple App Store rates TikTok for users “12+,” and the Google Play App store designates the app  “T” for teen.

The letters to Apple’s Tim Cook and Google’s Sundar Pichai came from attorneys general in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia.

“While our investigation into TikTok continues, the evidence uncovered so far shows that the platform is not safe for minors,” Louisiana AG Jeff Landry said in a statement Friday.

“TikTok may be the most dangerous social media platform for children and engages in a race to the bottom to ensure teens become addicted and loyal to the brand,” Landry continued. “TikTok abuses our internet freedoms to stunt our children socially through 24/7 viral content filled with sex, drugs, alcohol and illegal conduct.”

The AGs’ letters call the app stores age ratings deceptive, adding that pre-teen children can lie about their age and download TikTok.

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