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New Florida law bans kids under 14 from social media

GCN

It is the latest in a series of efforts by states to regulate social media in a way that protects minors and stands up to legal challenges. But opponents say Florida’s law still runs afoul of the First Amendment.

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Justices appear skeptical of states' social media censorship laws

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Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases challenging Florida and Texas laws designed to prevent the alleged censorship of conservative viewpoints on social media. Observers say the decision could shape the future of free speech on the internet.

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Supreme Court clarifies when public officials can block citizens on social media

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The Supreme Court unanimously found in a pair of cases that whether a government official can block a constituent on their personal social media account hinges on if a post is a state action or is private conduct.

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Supreme Court Issues Important Decision Impacting Elected Officials and Use of Social Media

NLC (National League of Cities)

Freed, the Supreme Court established the test for when local government officials are considered “state actors” for the purposes of the First Amendment when they post on social media. […] Source

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States’ efforts to regulate social media will face greater scrutiny in 2024

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Many of the laws passed in 2023 against social media platforms have been challenged in court. But states appear undeterred as they continue weighing ways to curb social media’s effects on young people.

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Social media cases hinge on definition of what amounts to state action online

GCN

Supreme Court wrestled in two important cases over whether public officials acted improperly in blocking constituents on their personal social media accounts.

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What is social media?

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Social media comprises the applications and websites that allow people to interact with other users, businesses, communities, and content.