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Florida has approved a project that prohibits minors under 16 from using networks

The Florida House of Representatives has approved a bill that would ban minors under 16 from using social media in the state.

The HB1 project was approved in the House of Representatives with 108 votes in favor and 7 against.

HB1 (Protecting Minors on the Internet) would require some social networks to verify the age of their account holders, prohibit anyone under 16 from creating a new account, and delete the accounts of anyone they believe is under 16 years old.

This bill also passed in the Senate with 23 votes in favor and 14 against. Now all that’s missing is Governor Ron DeSantis’ signature.

The measure does not apply to certain websites whose primary function is sending emails, text messages, transmitting services, news, sports, entertainment or online gaming.

US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy had earlier said that at 13 it was “too early” to join social media as children at that age were still “developing their identities”.

“I personally think, based on the data I’ve seen, that 13 years is too soon… It’s a time when it’s really important for us to think about what they think about their own self-esteem and their relationships.” The biased environment and often distorted nature of social media tends to do many of these children a disservice,” Murthy said on “CNN Newsroom” in 2023.

Children on social networks

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On which social networks is the presence of minors under 16 years prohibited?

The platforms that do not allow minors under 16 years of age are those that allow a user to upload content or view content from others.

Where at least 10% of daily active users under the age of 16 spend at least two hours a day on the platform.

Or those that use algorithms that analyze user data, show how many times other people have reacted to the content, have automatic video playback or live broadcasts.

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