The arguments in favor of ridding America of TikTok in its present form often sound like arguments against smoking, marijuana or drinking, but the reality is that the danger of its mind-altering effects is far more immediate than those of nicotine, drugs and alcohol. Alleigh Marré of the American Parents Coalition tabulates the data in devastating detail — exposure to suggestions of suicide and self-harm and patterns of depression-fueled loneliness are shocking.

“The algorithm feeding them content that the CCP deems appropriate is a unique set of consequences and dangers, and a lot of the time when parents are thinking of parental controls through the lens of the social media we’re familiar with — Instagram, Facebook, Twitter — [they’re not thinking] along the lines of this new experience, which is totally different,” Marré says. “There are problems there, but TikTok’s problems are very unique.”

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