Letter: Support for Phil Weiser

Posted 10/19/22

I have been involved in education for almost 20 years. Over the last decade or so, since the explosion of social media companies and their intentional penetration into the youth market, we have seen …

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Letter: Support for Phil Weiser

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I have been involved in education for almost 20 years. Over the last decade or so, since the explosion of social media companies and their intentional penetration into the youth market, we have seen an alarming degradation in students’ relationships with themselves, their peers and their work. The jury is in: we know what is happening and why, and we know so much more about what needs to be done. Thankfully, so does Attorney General Phil Weiser.

Phil has joined other state AGs in criticizing Facebook’s efforts to market new online platforms to children despite social media companies’ knowledge of negative impacts on kids from their products, and is investigating Facebook’s actions in this area. He’s also leading a multistate antitrust lawsuit against Google seeking to end its illegal monopoly in the search engine market, and is playing a leading role in the antitrust lawsuit against Facebook to end its illegal dominance in social media.

As Phil put it himself, “The Department of Law is committed to protecting the people of Colorado and fostering an online environment where the public benefits from innovative products and services at the same time as we protect our kids, our democracy, our privacy, and fair competition.” Attorney General Phil Weiser gets it. As a parent and educator deeply invested in the lives of Colorado children, I urgently call on my fellow citizens to re-elect him.

Allison Gustavson, Evergreen

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