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Search Launches Public Service Announcements to Highlight Dangers of Social Media Use

Still from the film 'The Forgotten' (2023) has made an announcement regarding their efforts to increase public awareness of the dangers of social media, particularly to at-risk communities. The organization has launched a series of public service announcements in the form of evocative fictionalized narrative films that showcase the risks associated with popular social media platforms, including TikTok, Twitter, Snapchat and Facebook. These films intend to demonstrate the dangerous reality of social media in order to help prevent potential tragedies. is dedicated to disseminating critical public health information, and fears that the potential harms of social media are often not taken seriously enough, despite overwhelming evidence indicating the risks involved. They believe these films will help raise awareness and ultimately reduce the risks associated with social media.

When asked about the inspiration behind this initiative, a representative from stated, "We want to educate everyone about the harms of social media and its potential impact to those who are vulnerable. Especially for parents who have lost their children due to social media related crimes, these films are dedicated to them as a reminder that they are not alone and we understand the pain they are going through. We want to help prevent such tragedies from happening again in the future." is also highlighting the need for social media companies to take greater responsibility for their users. In May 2023, parents whose children died of suspected fentanyl overdoses protested outside Snapchat's offices, blaming the social media app and calling it the "co-accomplice" of their children's murder. The representative from expressed concern that social media companies are not doing enough to protect their users and urged them to take necessary measures to address this issue.

The fictionalized narrative films produced by are a powerful reminder of the potential dangers of social media platforms, and the need to be vigilant when using them. It is hoped that these films will help to encourage users to be more mindful of their online activity, and ultimately reduce the harm caused by social media. As the representative from noted, "We need to be aware of the risks associated with social media and take proactive measures to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities."

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