Missouri Senator Josh Hawley introduced a bill to ban children under the age of 16 from using social media. The legislation that goes by the name “Law to make age verification technology uniform, robust and effective” has as its main objective to require social network developers to prevent a person from creating an account unless the platform verifies that the User is at least 16 years old.
According to studies, Millions of minors lie when they open a social profileBut to prevent that from happening, the bill stipulates that users who create an account must provide their full legal name, date of birth, and a scan, image, or upload of a government-issued ID that verifies their details. personal.
“Children suffer the effects of social networks every day. At best, big tech companies are neglecting the health of our children and monetizing their personal information. At worst, they are complicit in its exploitation and manipulation. It’s time to give parents the weapons they need to fight back,” Hawley said in a statement.
For the proposal to be complied with in accordance with the law, periodic audits will be established that the Federal Trade Commission, FCT, must carry out at least once every six months to guarantee that the large platforms comply to the letter with the regulation. According to the statement, the FCT will have to carry out the audits by comparing the age verification data of a random sample of all accounts since the previous audit with state and federal records to confirm the ages of the users.
Hawley also indicated that It is extremely important to talk about the “harm of social networks in children”, request that arrives through the Federal Law of Investigation of Social Networks. Said project would also finance a study to track the effect caused by the use of social networks after a period of 10 years.
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Source: La Opinion