Spotlight PA: Why Pa.’s efforts to regulate social media companies have failed so far 

April 3, 2024

Regulating speech is tricky under the First Amendment, says Megan Iorio, senior counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a nonpartisan advocacy group in Washington, D.C. In a March interview with Marketplace, she argued there is “no privacy-protective way” to verify a user’s age. 

But placing the onus on parents to mitigate the harm of opaque social media algorithms is also “not how things should work,” she added. 

“The government should be able to pass regulations to prevent harms to kids,” Iorio said. 

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