Social Media Ban In US: These States Are Limiting App Use Of Kids


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Amid rising concerns over social media’s effects on mental health among the young, several U.S. states are stepping forward with legislative measures to limit minors’ access to social platforms. There’s an ongoing call for a ‘social media ban’ in Florida. It has recently made headlines with a new law, signed by Governor Ron DeSantis, that prohibits children under 14 from having social media accounts and requires parental consent for users aged 14 and 15.

A report says that his legislation is part of a broader movement across the country calling for some sort of social media ban in the US as states grapple with the best ways to protect young internet users from the potential harms of excessive social media use. The Florida law, known as HB3, also stipulates that social media companies must delete accounts held by those under 14. Failure to comply could result in fines of up to $50,000 per violation, positioning Florida at the forefront of this legislative push.

Other states have taken note and are following suit with their regulations. Utah and Arkansas have enacted similar bans, mandating age verification processes on social media platforms to prevent underage access. Meanwhile, states like Connecticut and Maryland focus more on requiring platforms to safeguard young users from harmful content rather than outright banning their access. There are also calls for a social media ban in Utah and a social media ban in Alaska.

The measures have not come without controversy. Tech companies and free speech advocates argue that these laws could infringe on First Amendment rights and stifle free communication. Legal challenges are mounting, with several states facing lawsuits from entities like NetChoice, a tech trade group that contends these laws are unconstitutional.

Despite these challenges, proponents of the legislation remain steadfast, citing a need to protect from social media effects on students, emphasizing the addictive and potentially damaging effects of various online platforms. They argue that while social media can offer significant benefits, the risks to vulnerable youth—ranging from exposure to harmful content to increased anxiety and depression—necessitate thoughtful regulation.

As this legislative trend grows, the national conversation continues to evolve. With more states considering similar measures, the balance between protecting youth and preserving free speech remains a complex and hotly debated issue. Whether these laws will withstand legal scrutiny remains to be seen, but the message is clear: states are prepared to take significant steps to curb the impact of social media on the next generation.

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