Tech industry sues Utah to overturn social media law

It has been successful in recent lawsuits in Arkansas and California.
This combination of 2017-2022 photos shows the logos of Facebook, YouTube, TikTok and Snapchat on mobile devices. (AP Photo, File)

A leading tech industry trade group sued Utah on Monday to overturn a social media law that was passed this year, including a requirement that kids get a parent’s permission to have an account.

The lawsuit, filed by NetChoice in the U.S. District Court in Utah, alleges the new restrictions, which are slated to take effect in March, violate the free speech rights of both youth and adults and run afoul of federal law. NetChoice is asking the court to declare the Utah Social Media Regulation Act, which is the combination of two separate laws enacted, unconstitutional and grant an injunction to prevent it from going into effect.

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