Arkansas To Require Parental Consent for Minors to Join Social Media

Republican Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders signed a bill Wednesday requiring minors to obtain parental consent before setting up social media accounts. 

Arkansas’ Social Media Safety Act stipulates that social media companies “shall not permit an Arkansas user who is a minor to be an account holder on the social media company’s social media platform unless the minor has the express consent of a parent or legal guardian.” Age verification methods include a driver’s license or government-issued ID. 

“If a social media company performs a reasonable age verification, the social media company shall not retain any identifying information of the individual after access to the social media platform has been granted,” the bill notes, addressing concerns about data security. 

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