Statement on the Absence of Online Protections for Kids and Teens in the Federal Omnibus Appropriations Bill

Common Sense Media
Tuesday, December 20, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 20, 2022— Today, James P. Steyer, Founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, issued the following statement after it was made clear that Congress will not include online data privacy protections or social media platform accountability legislation in the last bill that Congress will consider this year, the omnibus appropriations bill.

"Common Sense Media is disappointed that Congress is finishing the year without taking any action to establish needed online protections for kids and teens and their families. With a national youth mental health crisis, and the role that media and tech play in that crisis, Congress has failed to come to the aid of kids and teens.

"We appreciate how hard many senators and members of Congress worked this year to try to establish guardrails on big tech, for data privacy and platform accountability, and we look forward to working with these leaders again next year. But, for now, this is a huge blow to families across the country, one that will have real consequences for young people. We need a concrete solution at the national level in 2023."

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