This is a first! Children's access to social media is prohibited by law in the USA
The US state of Utah has passed a law requiring parental consent for children to subscribe to social media apps.
The law, approved by the state's governor, gives parents full authority over their children's social media accounts.
Parents will have access to their children's messages and posts.
It Is Prohibited Between These Hours
By law, a Child who wants to open an account, for example on Instagram, TikTok or Facebook, will have to get special permission from their parents.
With the law, children will be prevented from entering the practices between 22:30 in the evening and 6:30 in the morning. The exception to this would be parental consent.
With the same law, social media companies will not be able to collect data from children in the state or target them for advertising purposes.
The legal changes will come into effect on March 1, 2024.
Republic Governor Spencer Cox, who made a statement on the development on his Twitter account, shared the message, "We will no longer allow social media companies to harm the mental health of our children."
However, some non-governmental organizations are of the opinion that such restrictions may negatively affect children living in troubled homes.