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What city has designated social media as a public health hazard?

Answer: New York City.

Social media apps on a smartphone screen.
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New York City Mayor Eric Adams delivered his third State of the City address this week, and it wasn’t good for social media. Adams stated that Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan had determined social media apps to be “environmental toxins.”

This applies specifically to young teens and adolescents, with Adams expressing the city’s concern that apps like TikTok can be harmful to young users. “We are going to correct this crisis that is facing our children,” he said. He added that the city believes that social media platforms are contributing to a growing mental health crisis in the city due to their addictive nature.

Vasan issued an official advisory warning “designating social media as an environmental toxin,” Adams shared on X. However, the city had yet to release any further details on how it might go about combating the risk of social media.