Utah Governor signs sweeping first of its kind social media regulation

Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff
Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- Utah governor Spencer Cox has signed a landmark bill that requires teens get parental permission before joining social media sites.

The law signed Thursday will impose a digital curfew, blocking sites for minors past 10:30 p.m.

It'll also black out ads for underage accounts, and compel social media companies to allow parents access to their children's profiles.

Lawmakers say the bill is vital to protect a generation of kids suffering from a mental health crisis. Critics leveled concerns of safety and privacy, and say many of the guidelines are too hard to enforce.