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Judge blocks Mississippi law that required age verification on social media

Photo collage showing a child attempting to use a tablet screen that has a combination lock.
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A federal judge blocked a Mississippi law from taking effect that would have required age verification for all and parental consent for teens in order to make accounts on many social media sites.

The preliminary injunction fell on the same day the Supreme Court issued a ruling in a pair of cases challenging social media laws in Florida and Texas that sought to regulate social media companies’ content moderation. SCOTUS sent the cases back to the lower courts but made clear that platforms’ content moderation and curation was protected speech.

NetChoice, the industry group that represents Meta and Google and was also lead party in the SCOTUS cases, brought the challenge to Mississippi House Bill 1126. The law was set to take effect on…

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