Minors will be restricted from accessing social media
Utah has become the first US state to sign a new law banning children and teenagers from using social media at any time of the day or night.
Access to Facebook, Tiktok and other social media channels will be banned in Utah.
The US state of Utah wants to severely restrict minors’ access to social networks. The state’s governor, Spencer Cox, signed the relevant legislation on Thursday (local time). Among other things, social media companies must verify a Utah resident’s age before opening an account. In addition, if a teenager wants to open an account, the law requires the consent of a parent or legal guardian. “This is the first bill of its kind in America. Utah is at the forefront of this effort,” Cox said.
The law is expected to come into effect next year. It also provides for a blackout period for social media use from 10:30 pm to 6:30 am under certain conditions. Certain advertisements should also be restricted. Affected companies are more likely to take legal action against this regulation. One reason Governor Cox justified the law was that the use of social platforms could lead to psychological problems among young people.
On Thursday, short video app Tiktok turned its attention to the US. TikTok chief Shou Ji Xiu testified at a congressional hearing and sought to address concerns about Chinese espionage and influence. TikTok is under increasing political pressure as it is owned by the China-based Pythons group. With over a billion users worldwide, the service is the only successful online platform in the West not from the US.
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