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U.S. school district blames social media for worsening mental health among students

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Seattle’s public school district has filed a lawsuit, which claims social media is driving poor mental health

Students are suffering from a mental health crisis spurred by big tech, according to a lawsuit filed by the Seattle public school district.

It claims the school’s ability to educate has been impacted by the mental health crisis.

The lawsuit was filed against Alphabet, Meta, and ByteDance—the parent companies of Google; Facebook; and TikTok respectively.

The U.S. District Court heard the social media companies purposefully designed their platforms to lure younger people, and are behind a rising mental health crisis in the U.S.

Schools have reportedly been forced to take additional steps to train teachers, and work with students to alleviate their mental health concerns.

“Defendants have successfully exploited the vulnerable brains of youth, hooking tens of millions of students across the country into positive feedback loops of excessive use and abuse of Defendants’ social media platforms,” the lawsuit said.

In emailed statements to Reuters, Google said it has introduced “strong protections and dedicated features to prioritize their well being.”

The lawsuit seeks compensation for monetary damages and other penalties.

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TikTok could be banned in the United States

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TikTok in the firing line after Chinese balloon was shot down

 
China has hit back at the U.S. after officials shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina.

Washington says it was being used to monitor strategic sites.

But Beijing rejects this – claiming the balloon was a civilian airship used to monitor the weather.

The incident is just the latest in a long line of diplomatic disputes between the two countries.

Now, TikTok could be banned in the U.S. in the wake of the incident.

Republicans are now pushing for Washington to distance itself from the Beijing-based app. #trending #featured

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Companies to pay extra for verified Twitter accounts

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Elon Musk has announced that companies and brands will have to pay $1,000 per month – plus an additional $50 per sub-account – to get verified check-marks on Twitter

The new pricing falls under the new Twitter Blue for Business service.

Within the next few months, only paying Twitter customers will have verified status.

Twitter has stacked on $12.5 billion in debt, and this move hopes to increase subscription revenue to meet Musk’s obligations.

Advertisers halted spending on Twitter after the takeover, but Twitter has since announced partnerships with two brand-safety vendors to win back marketers.

Musk also announced that Twitter would start sharing ad revenue with creators for “ads that appear in their reply threads”, but didn’t provide further detail.

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BMW to invest €800 million in Mexico

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BMW is set to invest €800 million in Mexico, to produce its next generation of high-voltage and fully electric batteries

 
The carmaker is looking to convert more than half of its sales into all-electric cars by 2030.

Construction will begin next year with production beginning in 2027.

The announcement follows several other major expansions from the automaker in recent months, including a $1.7 billion investment in the United States.

The move will add around 1,000 new jobs to its Mexico operations.

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