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H.R. 821: Social Media Child Protection Act

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This bill would be bad news for LeBron James’s son Bronny James, who at age 14 accumulated more than 1 million Instagram followers in his first 24 hours.


Most of the biggest social media platforms officially require users to be at least 13 years old before they can join. That includes InstagramSnapchatTikTok (at least in the uncensored version)RedditFacebook, and Twitter.

However, the age verification measures are often of dubious effectiveness. Indeed, the average age for creating a first social media account is slightly younger than 13: specifically, 12.6 years old.

By about 16 years old, the vast majority of people are on social media platforms, particularly TikTok, Instagram, and Snapchat. Increasing evidence indicates psychological and emotional …

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Chris Stewart

Sponsor. Representative for Utah's 2nd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 2, 2023
Length: 10 pages
Feb 2, 2023
118th Congress (2023–2025)

Introduced on Feb 2, 2023

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on February 2, 2023. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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Feb 2, 2023

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H.R. 821 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 821. This is the one from the 118th Congress.

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