Holding Social Media Accountable
The Division of Consumer Protection wants to hear from you
What social media companies can and can’t do
Comment on the proposed rule . Now through Friday, February 5, 2024 the public may comment on the proposed rule published in the Utah State Bulletin related to the Utah Social Media Regulation Act.
November 1, 2023 from 9:00am-11:00am at the State Capitol in Room 220 of the Senate Building (Link to the Video here.)The Division of Consumer Protection held a public hearing about the proposed rule on Wednesday,
Starting on March 1, 2024, social media companies must:
- Verify the age of a Utah adult seeking to maintain or open a social media account
- Get the consent of a parent or guardian for Utah users under age 18
- Allow parents or guardians full access to their child’s account
- Create a default curfew setting that blocks overnight access to minor accounts (10:30 pm to 6:30 am) which parents can adjust
- Protect minor accounts from unapproved direct messaging
- Block minor accounts from search results
In addition, social media companies:
- Cannot collect a minor's data
- Cannot target minor’s social media accounts for advertising
- Cannot target minor’s social media accounts with addictive designs or features
Enforcing the Social Media Regulation Act
The Division of Consumer Protection may take administrative or civil actions to enforce the new laws. Violations can be reported to the Division starting March 1, 2024.
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