Texas will require parental consent for kids to use social media | Ars Technica

It seems very likely to me that  requirements like this are going to expand and become common everywhere.

When I was an Italian member of the parliament I made a proposal to protect anonimity while ensuring laws enforceability.

It is basically a double blind mechanism so that only courts can obtain all the information and resolve anonimity.

You can find below my (brief) keynote with the proposal at the Euroconsumer’s event was held online on Feb 3rd, 2022

Source: Ars Technica

The broad law comes with heavy burdens for online platforms. It requires basically any digital services provider that collects an email at sign-up to conduct age verification to identify all minors, verify parents or guardians connected to all minors identified, and secure parental consent for a wide range of account activity.

…In addition to the burden of verifying minors and parents, guardians, or caregivers, the law stipulates that online platforms will also be responsible for creating new parental controls, building a portal to communicate with parents about minor activity, and allowing parents to more easily monitor minors’ behaviors and control their activity on online platforms.

Platforms must also take steps to restrict minors from accessing harmful content that “promotes, glorifies, or facilitates” suicide, self-harm, eating disorders, substance abuse, stalking, bullying, harassment, grooming, trafficking, child sexual abuse materials, or other sexual exploitation or abuse. Part of that effort includes developing a strategy to maintain “a comprehensive list of harmful material” to “block from display to a known minor” and hiring actual people to review and verify that filters are working—not just relying on automated content moderation.

Any missteps could lead to additional requirements, including platforms being subjected to periodic independent audits to ensure content filters are functioning optimally to protect kids.On top of all of that, the Texas law requires online platforms to make their algorithms more transparent to users, clearly disclosing in terms of service or privacy policies precisely how algorithms organize and filter content.

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