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There is rising concern over the impacts of social media on children and teenagers. Lawmakers in California recently proposed a Bill to target Social Media companies and their role in negatively impacting the mental health of children and teenagers. Bill 2408 the Social Media Platform Duty to Children Act was created to help protect these vulnerable groups.

Currently in the United States, Social Media companies cannot legally be held responsible for the content that is posted on their sites. Bill 2408 is looking to circumvent these legalities by targeting the algorithms these companies use instead of the content that is posted on them. If passed, Social Media companies will not be allowed to use addictive app design when creating apps geared towards children. Additionally, companies that violate this law could be eligible to be sued by parents of children harmed by them. This Bill seems like a step in a positive direction in terms of creating a safe environment for children and teenagers online.

I am interested to see what your thoughts are on how this is going to play out especially when a formal diagnosis of social media addiction does not exist currently?

Do you think Canada needs to create stronger laws towards how Social Media companies make products for children and teenagers?

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Curiously following what is going on in the States with social media apps aimed at children and teens... it's a rare issue that seems to get bi-partisan support and traction! The UK is rolling out similar legislation too.

This was an interesting article where TikTok and Snapchat in particular were being targeted in the US:

I think that companies putting the onus on parents with parental controls is a partial solution but also they need to take responsibility for moderating a lot of the harmful/violent content that can be found on these apps. Certainly, the option of parents being able to take legal action against these companies might accelerate some of the changes needed to make sure children are safe online... these hugely profitable corporations need to step up or accept further regulation, imo.

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