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A new California bill, called the 'Protecting Kids from Social Media Addiction Act,' aims to require social media companies to turn off algorithms for users under 18 and instead show them content from pages they already follow. Parents would have the right to remove algorithmic feeds from their children's social media channels and prevent kids from accessing the app during school hours or at night.
"Profit is being made off of our kids and at the expense of their well-being," said California Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), the author of the bill.
The bill is designed to address concerns about the harmful effects of algorithmic content and social media addiction on young users. Last year, the U.S. surgeon general published a report highlighting the detrimental impact of social media on children's mental health.
We know there are some kids that will change the default setting, but the default setting is a very powerful tool," said Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland), who introduced the bill.