Florida House of Representatives approves bill to ban social media for kids under 16

Legislators in the Florida House of Representatives on Wednesday approved what could be the strictest regulation on social media and kids in the country.

Florida House Bill 1 would prohibit children under the age of 16 from using most social media platforms, regardless of parental approval.

The social media platforms the bill would target include any site that tracks user activity, allows children to upload content or uses addictive features designed to cause compulsive use.

The House passed the bill by a vote of 106 to 13, with many Democrats joining the chamber’s Republican majority in support of the bill. It now heads to the Republican-controlled Senate for consideration.

State Rep. Fiona McFarland, a Republican, described social media as “digital fentanyl” for kids when promoting the bill on the House floor.