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Biden’s Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has warned that 13-year-olds are too young to join social media because they are still “developing their identity,” causing some on social media to call out his support for child sex changes.
Murthy, who supports adolescents having access to experimental sex changes, told CNN’s Newsroom that while children aged 13 and over are technically allowed to use social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok, he is concerned that this is too early given that adolescence is a time when kids are still developing “their sense of self.”
“It’s a time, you know, early adolescence, where kids are developing their identity, their sense of self. It’s a time where it’s really important for us to be thoughtful about what’s going into how they think about their own self-worth and their relationships and the skewed and often distorted environment of social media often does a disservice to many of those children,” the surgeon general argued.
However, last March, Murthy spoke out against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott directing state officials to open child abuse investigations into children who received sex changes and other related treatments, arguing that youth who are still in that same crucial stage of identity development should have access to an irreversible treatment pathway that often results in sterility and body-part amputation, reports Fox News.
“LGBTQ+ youth were already at increased risk of suicide and other mental health struggles. We should be seeking to provide them with support and medical care,” the surgeon general tweeted at the time.
Prominent child safeguarding advocate Chris Elston, aka Billboard Chris, took to Twitter to question Murthy’s logic.
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