Senator Gounardes: New York is Reining In Big Tech

ALBANY, NY (06/03/2024) (readMedia)-- With less than a week left of legislative session, lawmakers have reached a deal on landmark child internet safety legislation, designed to protect children and teens on social media from addictive algorithms and exploitative data collection.

In response, Senator Andrew Gounardes, the Senate sponsor of both bills, issued the following statement:

"I first introduced legislation to protect kids online back in 2022, because as a father of two young kids I knew we had to rein in social media, and I knew it would be a fight. Now thanks to the relentless advocacy of young people, parents, educators, and advocates, we beat Big Tech. We've reached a deal to pass strong legislation that will protect kids' privacy and let them enjoy social media free from the unwanted content they didn't sign up for. It would not have been possible without the extraordinary collaboration of Governor Hochul, Attorney General Letitia James, Assemblymember Rozic and legislative leadership. This is a necessary and nation leading step for families across New York, and I couldn't be prouder."