A number of US states are in the process of planning or considering similar legislation – for example, New York. This would require kids to get parental permission to use apps with algorithmic feeds, as well as requiring social media apps to implement three parental controls:
Setting screen time limits
Disabling notifications between midnight and 6 a.m.
Blocking or limiting access during these same hours
Social media companies of course oppose such legislation, and have spoken out against it each time it has been proposed.
Associated Press reports that an industry group representing some of the biggest social networks has now filed a federal lawsuit in an attempt to block the Utah legislation from taking effect.
The NetChoice trade group argues in its federal lawsuit that although Utah’s regulations are well-intentioned, they are unconstitutional because they restrict access to public content, compromise data security and undermine parental rights.
“We are fighting to ensure that all Utahns can embrace digital tools without the forceful clutch of government control,” said Chris Marchese, Director of the NetChoice Litigation Center. The trade…
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