Florida Governor Signs Bill Banning Kids Under 14 From Having Social Media Accounts

From CNET: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed one of the country's most restrictive social media bills into law Monday, banning children under the age of 14 from having accounts and requiring children aged 14 to 16 to have parental consent to hold one.

In addition to restrictions on teenage use of social media, the law, known as HB 3, also requires age verification for anyone who wants to visit pornographic websites.

"Social media harms children in a variety of ways," DeSantis said in a statement Monday. "HB 3 gives parents a greater ability to protect their children."

The new law is schedule to go into effect Jan. 1 2025, but is expected to face First Amendment-related legal challenges, NBC News reports.

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