Stop using social media for children under 14 puts Florida with a sweeping new law expected to take effect next January

With Title HB3 and signed by the governor Ron DeSantis, the bill directs social media companies to delete the accounts of people under 14 and introduces fines of up to $50,000 for violations.

It is about for social media applicationsincluding the Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and WhatsApp.

The law signed by Governor Ron DeSantis states that social media companies must delete the accounts of people under the age of 14.

Children aged 14 and 15 will also need parental consent before signing up for platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat.

Companies that don’t delete accounts risk being sued on behalf of children – with the minor being fined up to $10,000. At the same time they face a fine of up to 50,000 per violation of the law.

Already several companies are fighting back as they claim the law violates the US constitution.

The Republican speaker of the state Paul Renner called the bill his top priority and said that “a child in their brain development does not have the capacity to know that they are being absorbed by these addictive technologies.”