New York Governor Signs New Regulatory Social Media Bills

In the US, the governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, introduced new social media regulatory bills. She signed two bills on Thursday to clamp down on digital platform algorithms and limit the use of children’s data. 

This move makes New York the first state to pass a bill to regulate social media platforms amid nationwide unrest over the addictive features given in social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok. This decision was made days after US Surgeon General Admiral Vivek Hallegere Murthy mentioned that social media apps must come with warnings, citing the mental impact of social media platforms.

The new bills signed by the governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, are the SAFE For Kids Act and New York Child Data Protection. The first act, i.e., the SAFE For Kids Act, underlines that social media platforms are obliged to display content chronologically by default for all kids under 18. The other act, i.e. New York Child Data Protection, states that the websites or social media platforms are restricted from using the data of anyone under 18 without their consent. This bill is an extension of the existing privacy protection for children under 13 years of age. 

The SAFE For Kids Act also mentioned that social media apps should limit their late-night notifications, which lawmakers agree is a way to drive more user engagement but can also hinder kids’ sleep cycles. It’s worth mentioning that both of these legislations were introduced in the Fall of 2023 and were passed by the state legislature in early June 2024.

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After this historic bill, Kathy said, “Today, we save our children. We have heard their cries for help, reminding us as adults that we have a moral responsibility to protect young New Yorkers from harm and from addictive forces.” 
A spokesperson from the Meta group also shared their views and said, “While we don’t agree with every aspect of these bills, we welcome New York becoming the first state to pass legislation recognizing the responsibility of app stores. According to research, the vast majority of parents support legislation requiring app stores to obtain parental approval to download apps, and we will continue to work with policymakers in New York and elsewhere to advance this approach.

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