Indiana announced a pair of lawsuits against embattled Chinese-owned social media platform TikTok on Wednesday, alleging that the app is both pushing harmful content to age inappropriate users and that the app is deceiving customers about the security of their user data.
“TikTok is actively exposing our children to drug use, alcohol abuse, profanity and sexually explicit material at a young age,” Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita said, per the Wall Street Journal. “TikTok is deceiving Indiana parents.”
The first suit focuses on claims that the app’s algorithm is aimed at addicting younger users to its use and is pushing age inappropriate content toward them to that end. It further asserts that the company incorrectly presents itself as age appropriate for individuals aged 12 and older, violating the state’s consumer-protection laws. MORE