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The Kids Online Safety Act is a bipartisan effort to protect children on social media

The Kids Online Safety Act is a bipartisan effort to protect children on social media

Members of Congress have introduced several different bills aimed at promoting online safety for children and teens.

is a comprehensive solution, Children's Online Protection Act Or cursed. It would require online services such as social media networks, video game sites and messaging apps to take “reasonable measures” to prevent harm to minors – including online bullying, harassment, sexual exploitation, anorexia, self-harm. And include predatory marketers – those who use their platforms. ,

It would also require services to turn on the highest privacy and security settings by default for users under 18. And it would allow youth to limit or opt out of features such as personalized newsfeeds, smartphone notifications and autoplaying videos “that may result in compulsive use.” Use of apps.

Sponsored by Tennessee Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn and Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal, KOSA is supported by dozens of other senators. It has also received support Major children's groups and medical associations Which also includes the American Academy of Pediatrics. And Snap, the company that owns Snapchat, recently became the first social media giant to support KOSA.

But this ambitious bill faces an uphill battle.

Civil rights groups are also involved. American Civil Liberties Union And this Electronic Frontier FoundationA digital rights group has opposed it on the grounds of freedom of expression. Specifically, the groups say the bill's definition of harm is so broad and so vague that it could lead social media and other apps to censor content on politically polarizing issues like reproductive health or gender identity. Is.

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