New York mayor calls social media an ‘environmental toxin’ and public health threat

New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced social media was an “environmental toxin” on Wednesday, making it the first major city in the United States to categorize social media as a risk to public health. 

During Adams’s State of the City address, he highlighted the dangers of social media and slammed Big Tech companies for “fueling a mental health crisis” among young people. The city’s health commissioner also called social media, without restrictions, a “public health threat.” 

“Companies like TikTok, YouTube, and Facebook are fueling a mental health crisis by designing their platforms with addictive and dangerous features,” the Democratic mayor said during his address. “We cannot stand by and let Big Tech monetize our children’s privacy and jeopardize their mental health.”

The city’s Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene issued an advisory encouraging
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