Even Senate sponsors are skeptical of payments to protect youngsters on-line

One invoice, sponsored by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and co-sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, would make it unlawful to distribute a “visible depiction of a nude minor.” 

One other invoice, this one sponsored by Cornyn and co-sponsored by 9 others from each events, would reauthorize the Justice Division’s Challenge Protected Childhood program to coordinate federal, state and native sources to establish and prosecute people who exploit kids on-line and help victims. 

Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, the sponsor, and Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., and Katie Britt, R-Ala., all co-sponsors, wish to go additional with a invoice that may ban kids beneath 12 from having social media accounts and require 13- to 17-year-olds to have parental consent.

Two states, Utah and Arkansas, have enacted laws that may restrict kids’s on-line entry and social media use. These efforts are including to the stress on Congress however don’t essentially make it any simpler to agree on laws. 

The Schatz invoice raises yet one more thorny query: Does verifying ages give the tech corporations the power to gather much more information?

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