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Senators Introduce Child Online Safety Bill, Pressure Big Tech |  KTA

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — Lawmakers say it’s time to act to better protect children online.

“Now we are going to have internet guardrails and safeguards that will allow children and their parents to protect themselves,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.).

Blumenthal, along with Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) introduced legislation that requires online platforms to provide tools to limit screen time, protect data and address mental health issues.

“We realized that it’s imperative to put together a toolkit that will undo this damage,” Blackburn said.

The bill also creates an obligation for businesses to prevent the promotion of self-harm, eating disorders, bullying and child sexual abuse.

“That’s why there’s a standard of liability, legal liability, enforceable here,” Blumenthal said.

Blumenthal and Blackburn both believe that social media companies should be forced to make these changes.

“For the past few years, we’ve asked social media to take responsibility for not stepping in and not doing it,” Blackburn said.

“They denied the problems they created,” Blumenthal said.

Blumenthal hopes they will present this bill to the Senate before this summer.

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