US state Georgia approves age verification law

Update: Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law on Tuesday 23 April 2024, a bill that includes Georgia’s version of the age verification of adult content provisions.

Georgia joins other states in requiring children younger than 16 to have their parents’ explicit permission to create social media accounts.

Lawmakers on 28th March 2024 gave final approval to Senate Bill 351, which also would ban social media use on school devices and internet services, require porn sites to verify users are 18 or over and mandate additional education by schools on social media and internet use. The House passed the measure 120-45 and the Senate approved it 48-7.

The bill, which Republican Sen. Jason Anavitarte of Dallas called “transformative,” now goes to Gov. Brian Kemp for his signature or veto.

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