New York restricts social media for minors – Voice of Nigeria

Under an agreement tentatively reached by state lawmakers, social media companies in New York will not be allowed to use algorithms to filter content for minors without parental consent.

Social media platforms have come under scrutiny in recent years for their addictive nature and impact on young people.

New York Mayor Eric Adams said in February that his administration has filed a lawsuit against social media companies, including Meta Platforms’ Facebook and Instagram, for fueling mental health crises among young people.

The legislation is intended to prevent social media companies from offering automated feeds to minors, the report said.

The bill, which is still being finalized but is expected to be voted on this week, would also ban platforms from sending notifications to minors at night without parental consent.

In March, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill that bans children under 14 from social media platforms and requires 14- and 15-year-olds to get parental consent, a measure that supporters say will protect them from online risks for their mental health.

Utah became the first U.S. state to pass laws regulating children’s access to social media in March last year, followed by other states including Arkansas, Louisiana, Ohio and Texas.