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Maryland: Bill on social media regulation and safety of children introduced to House of Delegates

House Bill 254 for An Act concerning Consumer Protection - Social Media Regulation and Safety for Children was introduced, on 25 January 2023, to the Maryland House of Delegates, and thereafter referred, on the same date, to the Economic Matters and Ways and Means Committees, where it was read for the first time. In particular, the bill seeks to regulate children's social media accounts on large social media platforms in Maryland. To this end, the bill would provide, among other things, that only authorised minors may create or operate a public social media account administered by a large social media platform.

Further to the above, the bill would establish, among other things, that large social media platforms to identify and remove all public social media accounts created or operated by unauthorised minors and delete all associated user data.

You can read the bill here and track its progress here.