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Senate Passes Social Media Bills

The New York State Senate has passed two bills designed to protect children from the harmful effects of social media. The Stop Addictive Feeds Exploitation (SAFE) for Kids Act and the Child Data Protection Act will enforce regulations on how social media companies use algorithms and collect personal data from minors.

Under the SAFE for Kids Act, social media companies will be prohibited from showing algorithmic feeds to children under 18. This means that minors will no longer be subject to addictive feeds that can negatively impact their mental well-being. Additionally, overnight push notifications for addictive feeds will require parental consent, ensuring that children are not exposed to harmful content during vulnerable hours.

The Child Data Protection Act will set limits on the personal information that social media companies can collect, sell, and use to create targeted advertisements and curate algorithmic feeds. They believe this will prevent the exploitation of children's data for profit and protect their privacy.

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins commended the Senate Majority for prioritizing the threats posed by social media to young people. She highlighted the importance of the Senate's Internet and Technology Committee in addressing these issues and protecting children's mental health.

Senator Andrew Gounardes, the sponsor of the bills, expressed his gratitude for the collaboration and support from various stakeholders and colleagues. He emphasized that prioritizing children's well-being over Big Tech's profits is a significant step forward. He also acknowledged the advocacy efforts of young people, parents, educators, and organizations across the state, who fought against industry lobbying and misinformation.


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