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Florida Becomes First State to Implement Stringent Ban on Social Media Use by Minors under 14

BySamantha Jones

Mar 26, 2024
Governor of the United States signs law banning social networks for children under 14

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill on Monday that imposes one of the most stringent prohibitions on social media use by minors. The law, which will take effect on January 1, 2025, bars children under 14 from having social media accounts and requires parental authorization for adolescents between 14 and 15.

The proposal was introduced in response to growing concerns about the impact of internet giants on youth, with DeSantis aiming to help parents navigate the challenges of raising children in the digital age. The law mandates technology companies to delete accounts of children under 14 on social media apps and establish age verification mechanisms on websites with adult content. However, despite most platforms requiring users to be at least 13 years old to create an account, little is done to enforce this rule.

The measure, sponsored by state assembly leader Paul Renner, addresses concerns that social media platforms are where most crimes against children occur and that they have a detrimental effect on young people’s mental well-being. This law is a watered-down version of a previous measure that focused on children under 16, which was vetoed by DeSantis before an agreement was reached on wording.

Supporters believe that the ban on certain features of social media platforms like automatic notifications and addictive features will benefit children’s mental health. However, challenges are expected from social media companies and legal battles may arise due to concerns related to freedom of expression. Several other states are also considering similar measures to regulate social media use by minors.

By Samantha Jones

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