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Florida: Governor signs bill for online protections for minors into law

On March 25, 2024, the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, announced that he signed House Bill 3 for an act relating to online protections for minors into law.

In particular, the Act prohibits social media platforms from entering into a contract with a minor who is younger than 14 years of age to become an account holder, unless the minor's parent or guardian provides consent for the minor to become an account holder. Moreover, the Act provides for age verification processes for online access to materials harmful to minors.

Additionally, the Act requires social media platforms, among other things, to terminate any account held by an account holder younger than 14 years of age, including accounts that the social media platform treats or categorizes as belonging to an account holder who is likely younger than 14 years of age for the purposes of targeted content or advertising, and provide 90 days for an account holder to dispute such termination, and allow an account holder younger than 14 years of age to request to terminate the account.

The Act will become effective on January 1, 2025. 

You can read the Act here, view its history here, and read the Governor's press release here.