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Florida Governor Signs Bill Restricting Social Media Access for Minors

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis made a significant move on Monday by signing a new bill aimed at regulating children’s access to social media platforms in the state.

The bill, known as HB3, introduces strict measures to safeguard minors online. Children under 14 years old are now barred from joining social media platforms in Florida. Additionally, individuals aged 14 or 15 will need parental consent before they can create an account on any platform.

Moreover, HB3 requires social media companies to delete existing accounts belonging to users under 14. Failure to comply could lead to lawsuits against the platform. If a minor manages to create an account and the platform fails to delete it, the company could be sued on behalf of the child, with potential damages of up to $10,000.

Furthermore, companies found violating the law could face fines of up to $50,000 per violation, as well as covering attorney’s fees and court costs.

The bill aims to protect minors from potential online risks and underscores the importance of parental involvement in their digital activities. However, it has sparked debates over the balance between safeguarding children and preserving freedom of expression on digital platforms.