Calif., N.Y. push major bills to regulate teen social media use

The moves come amid rising concern about their effect on teens’ mental wellbeing.
(AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

The two biggest blue states are considering significant pieces of legislation that would change the ways teenagers interact with social media.

In a flurry of floor action this week, California lawmakers passed three noteworthy bills aimed at addressing harms to minors from social media exposure. Across the country, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) and Attorney General Letitia James (D) are backing a pair of bills, similar to two of the California measures, that still have a chance of passing before the legislature’s June 6 adjournment.

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