3.9k Share this

A pair of California lawmakers introduced a bill that aims to hold technology companies liable for social-media addictions that may affect children.

The bill would let parents and guardians sue platforms that they believe addicted children in their care through advertising, push notifications, advertising and design features that promote compulsive use, particularly the continual consumption of harmful content on issues such as eating disorders and suicide.

It would hold companies accountable regardless of whether they deliberately designed their products to be addictive.

The bill, called the Social Media Platform Duty to Children Act, was introduced Tuesday by State Assembly members Jordan Cunningham, a Republican, and Buffy Wicks, a Democrat. It arrives less than a month after Cunningham and Wicks put forward another bill, the California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act, which would force owners of web products to limit the collection of California children’s data, better protect them from other users, simplify convoluted privacy settings and agreements, and curtail addictive interfaces.

The bills were written to improve children’s experiences online from two different angles, according to Cunningham. Last month’s bill aims to guide companies’ practices, while the new bill is meant to push companies to “bear some of the social costs that they put on all of our children,” he said.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

Also popular on WSJ.com:

Saudi Arabia considers accepting yuan instead of dollars for Chinese oil sales.

After Walt Disney, Robert Iger heads to the metaverse.

Source: This post first appeared on http://marketwatch.com/

3.9k Share this
You May Also Like

Beto O’Rourke Confronts Gov. Abbott At Texas Shooting Press Conference

Topline Democrat Beto O’Rourke upended a press conference about the Texas school…

3 Ways Cleantech Solutions Can Help Canada’s Mining Sector Grow Sustainably In A Net-Zero Economy

Aerial view of Copper Mine Tailing pond in the interior British Columbia,…

Burberry, Harrods And Other Luxury Players Call For Return Of Tax-Free Shopping As U.K. Loses Out To Europe

Union flags hanging high above Regent Street in celebration of Queen Elizabeth…

Why Manchester United Need Cristiano Ronaldo To Remain At The Club Next Season

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – MAY 07: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United applauds the…

Oh Snap!

Yesterday, despite being tested early, the market responded and not only held,…

Orders for Long-Lasting Goods Rose Modestly in April

Orders for long-lasting goods such as appliances, computers and cars rose in…

Fourteen Reasons to Let The Expanded Obamacare Subsidies Expire

In early 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan…

Falling wedge pattern points to eventual Ethereum price reversal, but traders expect more pain first

The cryptocurrency market was hit with another round of selling on May…