Legislation introduced in the Senate on Wednesday aims to help keep kids safe online, particularly on social media. The Protecting Kids on Social Media Act was introduced by a bipartisan group of senators, including Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Katie Britt (R-Ala.) as a means to “help protect children from the harmful impacts of social media,” according to a press release from Sen. Schatz’s office.
The legislation would set 13 as the minimum age requirement for social media apps and require parental consent for kids up to 17. Social media companies would also be prohibited from targeting users under 18 with algorithmic content.