Published On: Mon, Dec 12th, 2022

What Is the Texas Bill That Could Ban Social Media for Anyone Under 18?

Social media app and accounts on an iPhone

Since the beginning of the digital age, one primary concern has been about how it will impact the younger generation. Many of the fears center around how social media impacts teens’ mental health. Unfortunately, the platforms can and do expose teens to cyberbullying, distorted body images, or skewed views of self-harm. Studies have alleged that social media has increased the number of teens suffering from eating disorders, depression, and suicidal ideation.

It is difficult to say what the right response might be to the negative effects of social media. However, a new Texas bill aims to take action by banning all social media for anyone under the age of 18. Texas Representative Jared Patterson proposed H.B. 896 on December 7, 2022, which would greatly restrict social media access for adolescents. Much of the bill will only be possible if social media platforms agree to and cooperate with the stipulations it proposes.

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