California lawmakers killed a bill Thursday that would have allowed government attorneys to sue social media companies over features they suspect harm children by making them addicted.
The measure would give the state attorney general, local district attorneys and city attorneys in California’s largest cities the authority to try to hold social media companies accountable in court for features they knew or should have known about. they knew they could depend on minors. Among those targeted may have been Facebook and Instagram parent Meta Platforms Inc. META,
Snapchat parent Snap Inc. SNAP,
and TikTok, owned by the Chinese company ByteDance Ltd.