Florida bill bans teens from social media

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Florida — A new Florida bill is aimed at preventing children under the age of 16 from accessing popular social media platforms regardless of parent approval.

The bill was passed by the House on Wednesday.

Oddly enough, even with other pressing issues, the house said the bill is top priority for the chamber’s speaker.

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The bill targets any social media site that tracks user activity, allows teens to upload material and interact with others, and uses addictive features designed to cause excessive or compulsive use.

The bill does not target apps used for private messaging.

Those who support the bill say that social media exposes children to bullying, sexual predators, can lead to depression, suicide, and an addictive obsession.

Critics say the bill is government overreach and have expressed that the cost of trying to enforce the bill is too high.

You can read the bill here.