Social media companies are hell-bent on pumping their profits – not accounting for the real-world harms their platforms are causing.
On February 23rd, ten elected members of the New Mexico Senate Tax, Business and Transportation Committee can change that by voting in favor of the New Mexico Age Appropriate Design Code Act.
New Mexico has the opportunity to beat big tech and YOUR message before February 23rd is what will make this happen.
Let’s show them the people are watching their vote closely and are not ready to back down.
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Here are some key points to include in your email but feel free to personalize it as much as you'd like. The more personal the better!
- The Age Appropriate Design Code Act would require companies to prioritize the online privacy and safety of children in the design of any digital product or service that children in New Mexico are likely to access.
- If passed, children and their parents would no longer be left to address the unfair handling of children’s data at the hands of data-hungry companies.
- It would restrict data collection and profiling of children in ways that are detrimental to them. This would reduce the risk of harmful conduct, contracts, risky connections, and addictive online features being pushed towards New Mexico’s children.
- This bill offers a proven framework that has led to tangible and historic change in the U.K. and in other US States. New Mexico’s youth deserve the same protection.
- American children deserve better protection: 59% of US teens have been bullied or harassed online, and a similar share say it's a major problem for people their age.
- Social media companies are currently failing and this bill calls for companies to apply common sense product safety practices before offering online products, services, or features that children are likely to access to the public.
- Leaked Instagram documents said the platform is exacerbating body image problems for 1 in 3 teen girls. 6% of US teens link their interest in suicide directly to the platform.