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Florida has banned social media for children under 14. This law is sure to face legal challenges. What do you think of it?

From AP News. Florida will have one of the country’s most restrictive social media bans for minors — if it withstands expected legal challenges — under a bill signed by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday.

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The bill will ban social media accounts for children under 14 and require parental permission for 14- and 15-year-olds. It was slightly watered down from a proposal DeSantis vetoed earlier this month, a week before the annual legislative session ended.

The new law was Republican Speaker Paul Renner’s top legislative priority. It takes effect Jan. 1. …

The bill DeSantis vetoed would have banned minors under 16 from popular social media platforms regardless of parental consent. But before the veto, he worked out compromise language with Renner to alleviate the governor’s concerns and the Legislature sent DeSantis a second bill. …

Supporters in Florida hope the bill will withstand legal challenges because it would ban social media formats based on addictive features such as notification alerts and auto-play videos, rather than on their content.

Renner said he expects social media companies to “sue the second after this is signed. But you know what? We’re going to beat them. We’re going to beat them and we’re never, ever going to stop.” …

“Any time I see a bill, if I don’t think it’s constitutional, I veto it,” said DeSantis, a lawyer, expressing confidence that the social media ban will be upheld. “We not only satisfied me, but we also satisfied, I think, a fair application of the law and Constitution.” …

The bill overwhelmingly passed both chambers, with some Democrats joining a majority of Republicans who supported the measure. …

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(Excerpt from AP News. Photo Credit: dole777 on Unsplash)

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April 1, 2024


Deborah Foster
April 1, 2024

The bill doesn’t go far enough. It needs to have restrictions for 14 thru 17 year olds. I haven’t time to figure them out for myself but I know the penalties will have to be extrem enough to make the parents feel the heat.

April 1, 2024

Thank YOU LORD for a government willing to stop these children who receive devices before they can decide right from wrong. We the parents and grandparents are not always capable of tracking what our youths have been looking at when they are with corrupt peers. Facts still suggest, the pic they’ve seen once are retained in their memories.
Thank YOU JESUS, amen

    Darlene Estlow
    April 1, 2024

    Amen. Our children have to be protected and this is part of that. Thank you Gov. DeSantis. May other states follow suit.


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