Euro News: TikTok’s potential new buyer backs US Surgeon General’s call for health warnings on social media

Jun 19 Euro news PASCALE DAVIES

Frank McCourt said social media was an “epidemic” and that he believed in building a different model to TikTok’s algorithm.

A US businessman bidding to buy TikTok said he strongly supported calls for social media to issue health warnings like tobacco products, calling social media “an epidemic” that is “associated with significant mental health harms for adolescents”.

Frank McCourt told the Collision tech conference in Toronto, Canada on Monday that he agreed with US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy’s op-ed published in the New York Times titled ‘Why I’m Calling for a Warning Label on Social Media Platforms’.

The McCourt Global founder said, “our responsibility as adults here is obviously to protect the next generation”.

“Our surgeon general is bringing attention to it. Many other people are doing the same. I think this movement is happening as we sit here.”

“I would invite all of you to join it, because this is what it’s going to take to change things and to create this alternative. We need to fix the tech,” McCourt said.

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