Lawmakers in Maryland are proposing new protections for kids using social media, and many parents are on board. Christine McComas is from Howard County. Her daughter Grace was 15 when she died by suicide, after experiencing online bullying. “Don’t Maryland children deserve the same protection as other kids? Of course they do. I know Grace deserved more protection,” McComas said, urging lawmakers this week to pass the bill. The measure models a California law recently passed but is being challenged by a lobbying group representing several social media companies. The new legislation is called the Maryland Age Appropriate Design Code Act. It would, among other things, restrict data collection and profiling of children, require high-privacy settings by default, and turn off geolocation.
Maryland looks at new ways to protect kids on social media
February 15, 2023