Big Tech Knows That Age Verification Is Necessary

Published September 7, 2023

The Hill

State legislatures are leading a revolution to transform the experience of the internet, and with it, American childhood. In the past year, starting with Utah’s Social Media Regulation Act, S.B. 152Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and Virginia have all passed laws requiring parental consent and age verification for minors to open social media accounts or access pornography.[1] By giving parents greater control over their kids’ exposure to social media and pornography, with their documented ill effects, these laws will improve kids’ lives.

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Clare Morell is senior policy analyst at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where she directs their Technology and Human Flourishing Project.

Clare Morell is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where she directs EPPC’s Technology and Human Flourishing Project. Prior to joining EPPC, Ms. Morell worked in both the White House Counsel’s Office and the Department of Justice, as well as in the private and non-profit sectors.

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