Gov. Cox signs two bills taking on social media
Mar 23, 2023, 12:00 PM | Updated: Mar 30, 2023, 11:52 am
(Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)
SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Spencer Cox signed two social media bills into law on Thursday afternoon. One bill requires parental permission for teens to use the sites. The other makes it the company’s responsibility to prove they’re not harming teens and allows parents to sue.
There are questions over whether these bills violate the First Amendment, which guarantees a right to free speech. Cox argued earlier cases proving that was wrongly decided and reiterated he anticipates a lawsuit.
“I can’t wait to hold them accountable. I can’t wait to get in front of a judge and jury with these media companies. It will be one of the happiest days of my life.”
Cox even had a little Twitter spat with a prominent tech First Amendment lawyer, Ari Cohn.
Imagine being *excited* to go to court claiming that the government should have the power to limit expressive rights.
This is just not it. Protecting kids is a complicated issue, and deserves careful thought–not harried nonsense that tramples on civil liberties. https://t.co/nnr6kzI0QT
— Ari Cohn (@AriCohn) March 16, 2023
“I want to make sure every family in Utah gets to see me sign those bills,” said Cox.
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