DeSantis vetoes youth social media bill, says better one coming

(The Center Square) – Legislation banning Floridians under the age of 16 from signing up for a social media account has been vetoed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The former presidential hopeful said a better law is coming in other legislation this year.

“I have vetoed HB1 because the Legislature is about to produce a different, superior bill,” DeSantis said of House Bill 1. “Protecting children from harms associated with social media is important, as is supporting parents’ rights and maintaining the ability of adults to engage in anonymous speech. I anticipate the new bill will recognize these priorities and will be signed into law soon.”

The proposal would have required social media companies to verify the age of anyone setting up an account, and prohibited anyone under 16 from signing up.

“We have to have a safeguard,” said Rep. Doug Bankson, R-Apopka, one of the sponsors of the
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