A Bill Restricting Minors under 13 Years of Age from Using Social Media



A bill regulating the use of social media to children and minors has been filed by Cong. Danilo Ramon S. Fernandez, 1st District of Laguna, prioritizing their well-being and the protection of all consumers or users.

This Act shall be known as the "Social Media Regulation and Protection Act of 2019".

Declaration of Policy

It shall be the policy of the State to supervise and regulate the flow of information on all types of media platforms with its citizenry. The State recognizes the vital role of information and communications technology in nation-building and its inherent obligation to support and protect the fundamental rights of individuals to privacy and confidentiality of their information and communication while ensuring a free flow of information to promote innovation and growth.

It is hereby declared that the following shall be compulsory:

(a) Social media companies to provide age restrictions and limitation on the use of all social media platforms;

(b) Social media companies to provide adequate and efficient notification mechanisms on declared parents of a child;

(c) Social media companies to strengthen its features restricting users under 13 years of age;

(d) Prohibiting social media from collecting personal and location information from anyone under 13 years of age without parental consent, and anyone between 13 to 17 years old without the user's consent;

(e) Requiring social media platforms to include "natural stopping points" for users, which would basically end scrolling after a certain amount of content;

(f) Requiring social media companies to make it easier for users to track the amount of time they spend on their platforms;

(g) Automatically limiting the time users can spend on a platform across all devices to 30 minutes a day. Users would be able to change the limits, but they would have to do so every week.








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