U.S. surgeon general wants warning labels on social media platforms – CBC

Congress would have to approve the move

Jun 17, 2024

The U.S. surgeon general has called on Congress to require warning labels on social media platforms similar to those now mandatory on cigarette boxes.

In a Monday opinion piece in the New York Times, Dr. Vivek Murthy said that social media is a contributing factor in the mental health crisis among young people.

“It is time to require a surgeon general’s warning label on social media platforms, stating that social media is associated with significant mental health harms for adolescents. A surgeon general’s warning label, which requires congressional action, would regularly remind parents and adolescents that social media has not been proved safe,” Murthy said.

“Evidence from tobacco studies show that warning labels can increase awareness and change behaviour.”

Murthy said that the use of just a warning label wouldn’t make social media safe for young people, but would be a part of the steps needed.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/surgeon-general-social-media-mental-health-teens-1.7236992

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