California Gov. Newsom Signs Law Requiring Social Media Companies to Consider Children’s Health

Social-media companies that operate in California will have to consider the health and well-being of children under a first-of-its-kind bill signed into law Thursday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Called the California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act, the law will require makers of social-media apps like Facebook, Instagram and TikTok to study products and features that are likely to be accessed by minors and mitigate any potential harm before releasing them to the public, starting in July 2024.