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Governor Hochul pushes for social media reform to protect kids

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Governor Kathy Hochul has called for urgent legislative action to combat the harmful effects of social media on children. In an op-ed for the New York Post, she urged the New York State Legislature to pass two key bills before the session ends on June 6.

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The first bill, the Stop Addictive Feeds Exploitation (SAFE) for Kids Act, aims to limit addictive features on social media platforms that negatively impact young users. The second, the New York Child Data Protection Act, seeks to prevent the collection and sale of personal data from anyone under 18 without consent.

Governor Hochul emphasized the growing mental health crisis among youth, exacerbated by social media. She highlighted the urgent need for these protections, citing conversations with young people and mental health experts. Hochul stressed that action is necessary to safeguard the well-being of future generations.