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New NY laws to protect children against social media addiction

Phone users on social media.
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Phone users on social media.

There's new first in the nation laws in New York designed to protect children from social media addiction.

On Thursday, Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation that requires social media companies to restrict addictive feeds for children. It also bans companies from collecting, sharing and selling personal data for those under 18 without consent. Senator Andrew Gounardes is the main sponsor for the bills.

"These laws will protect children and teens from the addictive algorithms and predatory data collection that we know keep people glued to their screens and hurting their mental health."

The parent company of Facebook, Meta says it doesn't agree with every aspect of the bill but we welcome New York in recognizing the responsibility of app stores.