Nebraska AG Sues TikTok for Fueling Youth Mental Health Crisis

  • Nebraska AG Mike Hilgers filed a lawsuit against TikTok Inc. and affiliated entities alleging that the social media company violated state consumer protection laws by making deceptive representations regarding the TikTok app.
  • The complaint alleges that TikTok knowingly and falsely claims a “12+” age-range app rating—representing that the app contains infrequent and mild adult content—when, in reality, the app contains frequent adult content and should be rated “17+”; collects highly sensitive data from consumers that is potentially accessible by the Chinese government, despite the company’s representations to users that their information is protected; and misrepresents that its app is safe for use when it has known issues that hurt user well-being.
  • The lawsuit seeks declaratory and injunctive relief, civil penalties, disgorgement, and costs and fees, among other relief.
  • Iowa AG Brenna Bird, Utah AG Sean Reyes, and Indiana AG Todd Rokita have brought lawsuits with similar claims against TikTok, while Montana AG Knudsen has defended his state’s first-in-the-nation ban on the app.