U.S. Senators to Introduce ‘Kids Online Safety Act’

Bipartisan U.S. senators are set to introduce a bill that would require social media platforms to provide tools that will keep children and minors safe online.

The “Kids Online Safety Act” — co-sponsored by Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, and Senator Marsha Blackburn, a Republican from Tennessee — seeks to protect minors from harassment, harmful images, and sexual exploitation.

The bill would also require companies to limit features that would encourage prolonged exposure to the platforms, such as automatic playing options or “rewards” for time spent. Minors should also be able to opt out of algorithmic product recommendations.

“The Kids Online Safety Act would finally give kids and their parents the tools and safeguards they need to protect against toxic content—and hold Big Tech accountable for deeply dangerous algorithms,” Blumenthal said in a statement.

Social media companies, under the legislation, will be required to produce regular audits on their platforms’ risks to children, along with being open to public scrutiny, the statement noted.

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