SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A new law introduced in the California Senate would ensure kids have an online eraser button to delete social media content they've posted and later regretted.
The provision is part of Senate Bill 568, which also prohibits websites and mobile apps designed for kids from targeting products and services deemed to be inappropriate, such as e-cigarettes and tanning to minors.
The bill is supported by the group Common Sense Media. Founder Jim Steyer said it would improve the online and mobile landscape for California minors.
Children and teens often self-reveal before they self-reflect and may post sensitive personal information about themselves -- and about others -- without realizing the consequences, he said.
Critics have said the law would not work without first collecting even more information from minors, which would further put their privacy at risk.
The bill passed in the legislature, but Calif. Governor Jerry Brown has not yet taken a stand on it, according to the New York Times. If he fails to sign it by mid-October, it will become state law automatically.