California parents will be able to sue on social media if their children become addicted to their products. In particular, Instagram and TikTok can be prosecuted for up to $25,000. This decision was made by the State Assembly, reports AP News.
The basis for suing may be the damage caused by social networks to persons under 18 years of age – physically, mentally, emotionally, in development or materially, as well as if children want but cannot reduce the time they spend on social networks.
The law will only apply to companies that had more than $100 million in gross revenue last year. Thus, it will primarily affect technology giants such as Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, and others. If the bill is passed, companies are more likely to stop providing services to children in California than to take legal risks. At the same time, the right of parents to sue does not apply to streaming platforms such as Netflix and Hulu, as well as messengers.
“The era of unfettered social experimentation on children is over and we will protect kids,” the author of the bill stressed.