The government of the state of Utahin the United States, enacted two laws that restrict the access of children and adolescents to TikTokamong other social networks, with the aim of protecting them from certain applications that they classified as “addictive”.
This was announced by the governor of the Republican party, Spencer Coxwho promulgated the new regulations that oblige young people to have parental permission to access certain social networks. In addition, connection to them is prevented between 10:30 p.m. and 06:30 a.m..
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In this sense, it was also established that Parents must have access to their children’s accounts and they spread rules that people should keep in mind in case they want to file a lawsuit about the damages that they assume were caused by these platforms.
With these measures, the Utah authorities seek to prevent technology companies from attracting and trapping minors in their applications using functions considered “addictive”.
Although the technology companies that own these applications have begun to gain ground in recent years, especially in USAthe authorities only began to deal with the issue after the emergence of data privacy and security issues.
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It is worth mentioning that the new Utah laws were signed on the same day that the CEO of TikTok, Shou Zi Chewtestified before the United States Congress in relation to the assumptions harmful effects of the aforementioned social network on the mental health of minors and their apparent security risks.
For their part, other states governed by Republican authorities, such as Arkansas, Texas, Ohio, New Jersey and Louisiana, are working on similar regulations. Meanwhile, California, whose government is Democratic, passed a law a year ago that requires technology companies to prioritize the safety of children.
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