Usa, minors on social media with parental consent: new law in Utah

Social media will be prohibited for minors without the explicit consent of the parents. The state of Utah, in the United States, is about to pass a new law that revolutionizes the use of social networks such as Instagram and TikTok. Governor Spencer Cox has signed two bills requiring companies to verify if their users are over 18 years old and to request parental authorization for access to the account.

The law will come into effect in 2024

The law, which will come into force in March 2024, was announced in response to growing and worrying online phenomena such as online bullying, exploitation and data collection of minors. “We are no longer willing to allow social media companies to continue to endanger the mental health of young people – the Republican governor tweeted – the state of Utah leads the way in holding these companies accountable and we do not intend to stop”. Utah becomes the first US state to impose such measures which are also under consideration in other states.

The curfew on social media

The law is one of the toughest yet approved to control and limit the use of social media by minors. The measures also include a sort of “curfew” for the use of social media by minors. Between 22.30 and 6.30 in the morning there will be a total block of accounts in which minors will not be able to receive messages or search the web. Only parents will be able to change these access times. Furthermore, companies will not be able to collect data from minors for advertising reasons and will have to pay heavy fines if they disseminate online services that contribute to creating “social addiction for minors”.