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Federal judge blocks Ohio law regulating kids' access to social media

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A judge has temporarily blocked an Ohio law that aimed to regulate children’s access to social media platforms. The judge deemed the law likely unconstitutional. The legislation required social media platforms to obtain parental consent before creating accounts for children under 16. This decision is another setback for states seeking to crack down on social media due to concerns about its impact on mental health. The judge criticized the legislation for its broad and untargeted approach in reducing the harm social media might pose to children. The tech industry group, NetChoice, sued to block the law and has challenged similar laws in other states.