Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a law requiring social media platforms to delete the accounts of children under the age of 14 – although users are given 90 days to appeal the decision (it is not known, however, why). Social networks must use an external verification system to confirm the age of the future user, and those who “knowingly or negligently” violate this law will pay up to $50,000 in fines for each violation.

Teenagers aged 14-15 can have their own social media accounts, but only with the permission of their parents. The law also prohibits minors from accessing adult sites and requires proof of the visitor’s age to access them (resources like Pornhub react extremely radically to this requirement), and also gives Florida residents the opportunity to remain anonymous online.

Your child can live in a safe house, but there are predators that can get right inside. You may have done everything right, but they know how to manipulate your kids through social media.

Which social networks will be affected by this ban is not directly indicated, but the law states that it applies to platforms where more than 10% of the daily number of users who spend 2 hours a day online falls on children 16 years old. The law also applies to social networks with “addictive features” such as push notifications and scrolling through a feed of posts that has no end – that is, in any case, these are Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok.

The law signed by the governor will take effect on January 1, 2025; It is somewhat softened compared to the first draft law, which proposed to completely ban teenagers under 16 from using social networks, regardless of whether their parents agree to it.

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