NY passes milestone ban on ‘addictive’ social media feeds for children

New York kids’ social media feeds are about to get less “addictive.”

State lawmakers in Albany passed a landmark measure Friday to give parents more control over their kids’ social media usage on apps such as TikTok and Instagram.

The law is almost certain to face a drawn-out legal challenge from Big Tech companies, but ultimately could have a nationwide impact on how social media apps deliver content to kids.

Stop Addictive Feeds Exploitation (SAFE) for Kids Act requires social media companies to verify users’ ages and obtain parental consent to give kids access to algorithmic feeds.

Kids who don’t get parental consent to view “addictive” algorithmic feeds still will be able to see social media content, but in a chronological timeline of posts.

The legislation also gives parents the ability to pause notification on their children’s social media accounts between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.

I think this law is a step in the right direction. The internet is addictive enough for an adult where you are drawn in and you can spend over an hour at a clip just going through the feed. 

In the time I am drawn in, I have seen three fatal car crashes, a lion fighting a crocodile, a girl making her ass clap, and this is just scratching the surface.

The things I have described are inappropriate for children to see and are also addictive as you get drawn in and lose all track of time.

The key thing here is, this law is protecting children from being addicted to inappropriate material as well as material that may motivate children in a negative way.

The two biggest hurdles are big tech companies sinking roughly 1 million dollars in lobbying to tank the legislation. The second issue is how to enforce the legislation once it is passed.

Even though the details on forcing this legislation once it is passed is in flux, it is still worth the effort to get it passed.

This generation of kids are dealing with many mental issues and social media is adding to those issues. Any steps to address this are steps in the right direction.

We will discuss this on Davin’s Den June 29th on Talk Media network.

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