GOVERNOR DESANTIS SIGNS RESTRICTIVE SOCIAL MEDIA BANS FOR MINORS

Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law today making the state one of the country’s most restrictive social media bans for minors.

The bill will ban social media accounts for children younger than 14 and require parental permission for 14- and 15-year-olds.

The new law takes effect on January 1, 2025, if it stays in place after certain challenges in court.

The bill overwhelmingly passed both chambers, with some Democrats joining a majority of Republicans who supported the measure.

Opponents argue it is unconstitutional and government shouldn’t interfere with decisions parents make with their children.

“This bill goes too far in taking away parents’ rights,” Democratic Rep. Anna Eskamani said in a news release. “Instead of banning social media access, it would be better to ensure improved parental oversight tools, improved access to data to stop bad actors, alongside major investments in Florida’s mental health systems and programs.”