Utah Becomes First State To Require Parental Consent For Minors To Use Social Media

  • On Thursday, Utah Governor Spencer Cox signed two bills into law that make his state the first in the US to mandate that social media companies obtain parental consent for anyone under 18 years of age before they can use their apps.
  • Cox posted a video response to the legislation on Twitter and said, “Our administration is very concerned about how social media is affecting our children. Youth rates of depression and other mental health issues are on the rise. And social media companies know their products are toxic. They designed their apps to be addictive as leaders and as parents, we have a responsibility to protect our young people.”
  • “We put social media companies on notice, letting them know we will be fighting them in court, and we’re empowering parents with education and tools. Join us in protecting our kids from the harms of social media,” Cox added.
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