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New York City Mayor Eric Adams has classified social media as an 'environmental' threat, but many argue that this move is driven by the desire to limit free speech rather than genuine concern for public health.
This action isn't fundamentally about social media; it's an effort by Adams to deflect from his own legal issues and policy missteps.
The mayor's claim that social media is harming mental health is not supported by research, as organizations like the American Psychological Association acknowledge the mental health benefits of social media. The classification of social media as a threat seems to be an attempt to limit citizens' ability to express their concerns about government policies.
The phrase 'environmental toxin' used by Adams is a misnomer. Unlike genuine environmental toxins, research shows that social media is not inherently harmful.