Minnesota Attorney General Ellison to join other states investigating TikTok's impact on young people

(Saint Paul, MN) -- Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has announced that he has joined a nationwide investigation into TikTok for providing and promoting its social-media platform to children and young adults. It's happening while use of the app is associated with physical and mental-health harms. Ellison is part of a nationwide coalition of attorneys general who are examining whether the company violated state consumer protection laws while putting the public at risk. 

“My job is to help Minnesotans of all ages live with dignity, safety, and respect. This is why I’ve joined a bipartisan, nationwide investigation into TikTok about its impact on younger users,” said Ellison. “While I cannot provide details about an active investigation, we will look into the harms that using TikTok may cause young users, and what TikTok knew about those harms.”  

Ellison said the investigation will be focused on a number of issues, including the techniques TikTok used to boost engagement among young users, including increasing the duration of time spent on the platform and frequency of engagement with the platform.  

Ellison is set to join WDAY Mid Day Thursday at 11:07 a.m. to talk about his involvement in the investigation.