The US state governor of Utah, Spence J. Cox, signed a law on Thursday that drastically limits the use of TikTok and Instagram by youth and children. This is what is written in the “New York Times”.
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Earlier this month, the Utah legislature passed the measure despite opposition from the tech industry and civil rights experts.
It is the first state-level law in the United States to prohibit the use of social media by anyone under the age of 18 without the express consent of parents or guardians.
The new measure also ensures that parents in Utah can access posts, messages and responses from their children. In addition, minors cannot access their social media accounts from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm. This will be a default setting that only the parent or guardian can change.
Governor Cox also signed a second bill on Thursday that would ban social media companies from using features or design techniques that could cause a minor to develop an “addiction” to their online platforms.
Utah’s actions come at a time of growing public concern about powerful social media algorithms that can tempt young people to spend hours online.
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