Under-16 social media ban passed by Florida House

A priority of House Speaker Paul Renner, it was approved overwhelmingly on a bipartisan vote.
(AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

The Florida House on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to bar teens under age 16 from having a social media account, a far-reaching measure that one lawmaker described as a “shot across the bow” at tech companies.

The bipartisan 106-13 vote on the fast-tracked bill that was a priority of House Speaker Paul Renner (R) followed an, at times, emotional debate that prompted applause and standing ovations on the chamber floor.

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