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Biden Blames Big Tech For Learning Loss And Mental Health Crisis

On Tuesday, at his first State of the Union speech, Joe Biden said that he has a plan to eliminate the mental health crisis.

Surprisingly, Biden said his plan would focus heavily on holding social media companies accountable for their role in making the crisis in the first place.

According to a few of Biden’s senior administration officials, they believe that the looming mental health crisis among Americans, especially for young people, has been “accentuated by large social media platforms, which for years have been conducting a national experiment on our children and using their data to keep them clicking—with enormous consequences.”

Of particular concern for the Biden, the administration is young girls.

Biden told Congress that his remedies are to strengthen privacy protections, ban targeted advertising to children, and demand that technology companies stop collecting personal data on children.

“The evidence is mounting that social media plays a systemic role in worsening the mental health of countless young people,” senior administration officials said.

The strategy to address the mental health crisis is part of an overall message of a “unity agenda” that he plans to implement in his second year as POTUS.

Learning loss is making up staggering statistics that have impacted mental health, including new data that many students are close to five months behind in math and four months behind in reading, compared with students before the pandemic, and emergency department visits for attempted suicide have risen 51 percent among adolescent girls, for which Biden and his administration blame technology companies.

Biden has earmarked over $5 million in his fiscal 2023 budget for what he calls- advancing research on social media’s harms- as well as the clinical and societal interventions that his administration will lead.

“The president believes tech companies should be held accountable for the harms they cause and believes we need action here,” officials said.

Officials said that legislation would be necessary to address some of their concerns, but there are also parts of the plan that will be done administratively.

Biden will be issuing executive orders for research and understanding the harms of using social media.

 

 

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