On Monday Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation prohibiting minors under age 14 from registering social media accounts. The law is slated to take effect next year.

Across the board, policymakers are wrestling with how to keep kids safe online.

Researchers have found the algorithms on social media platforms like TikTok actually serve teens what some call a steady “diet of darkness” online.

Last year, lawmakers in Arkansas enacted the Social Media Safety Act — a good law by Sen. Tyler Dees (R – Siloam Springs) and Rep. Jon Eubanks (R – Paris) requiring major social media companies to ensure minors don’t access social media platforms without parental consent. A social media company that violated the law could be held liable. Tech giants — including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok — as well as the ACLU are fighting that law in court.

The Arkansas Attorney General’s office is pushing back by suing TikTok and the company that owns Facebook and Instagram.

The A.G.’s lawsuits cite evidence that the platforms’ algorithms promote objectionable content to children.

Social media platforms aren’t just websites. They are multimillion dollar businesses owned and operated by adults.

The adults who operate these social media platforms should not be able to register children as users and let children post photos and videos of themselves on their platforms without — at the very least — parental consent. 

As we have said before, there’s mounting evidence that social media puts users’ personal information at risk is designed to push objectionable content to users. With that in mind, it’s good to see policymakers taking action to protect children online.

Articles appearing on this website are written with the aid of Family Council’s researchers and writers.