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DeSantis signs social media bill banning accounts for children under 14| GuyWhoKnowsThings

Florida on Monday became the first state to effectively ban residents under 14 from having accounts on services like TikTok and Instagram, enacting a strict social media bill that will likely change the lives of many young people.

He historical law, signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, is one of the most restrictive measures a state has yet enacted in a growing nationwide push to insulate young people from potential mental health and safety risks on social media platforms. . The statute prohibits certain social networks from providing accounts to children under 14 and requires the services to terminate accounts that a platform knew or believed belonged to underage users.

It also requires platforms to obtain parental permission before giving accounts to 14- and 15-year-olds.

At a news conference Monday, DeSantis praised the measure and said it will help parents navigate “difficult terrain” online. He added that “being buried” in devices all day was not the best way to grow.

“Social media harms children in a variety of ways,” DeSantis said in a statement. The new bill “gives parents greater ability to protect their children”

DeSantis had vetoed an earlier bill that would have banned social media accounts for 14- and 15-year-olds even with parental consent. The governor said the previous bill would affect the rights of parents to make decisions about their children's online activities.

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