In the US state of Utah, a law was signed on Thursday to severely restrict the use of TikTok and Instagram by teenagers and children. This happened despite opposition from the tech industry and civil rights experts.
According to it The New York Times America’s first state-level law bans anyone under the age of eighteen from using social media without express parental or guardian permission.
The new measure allows parents in Utah to access their children’s posts, messages and replies. Also, minors cannot access social media accounts between 10:30 am and 6:30 pm. This is a default setting that can only be changed by a parent or guardian.
The state’s governor signed a second bill Thursday. This prevents social media companies from using features or design techniques that lead to addiction to their online platforms.
The Utah actions come at a time of growing public concern about powerful social media algorithms. These encourage young people to spend hours online.
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