Hochul signs landmark social media, youth data privacy bills

The SAFE Act drew intense tech industry opposition and litigation threats.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul arrives to present her 2025 executive state budget in the Red Room at the state Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) on Thursday signed into law a pair of landmark bills aimed at protecting teenagers from social media harms and from having their data harvested and monetized without permission.

The bill signing, at the United Federation of Teachers headquarters in New York City, came the same week U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy called for social media to come with a warning label.

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