Statement on the Introduction of Maryland’s Age-Appropriate Design Code Act

Common Sense Media
Monday, February 13, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 13, 2023— Maryland is the latest state to try to hold Big Tech accountable for protecting kids online. The newly introduced Maryland Age-Appropriate Design Code Act, built off California's recently enacted law, would require platforms to prioritize the safety and well-being of kids when designing their platforms and online products. Jim Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, which strongly supported California's Age-Appropriate Design Code Act, issued the following statement in support of the measure.

"We applaud lawmakers in Maryland for joining California and other states in trying to put the necessary guardrails in place for kids online. The movement to create healthier digital spaces for young users continues to grow and the tech industry should pay attention.

"Every day, kids navigate the internet and are faced with manipulative designs and addictive features that cause them harm. The tech industry needs to stop being allowed to just put the burden on parents to protect kids online. This legislation requires companies to address harmful practices, like utilizing recommendation algorithms and late-night push notifications, that have gone on for too long and finally prioritize the mental health and well-being of Maryland's kids and teens.

"We look forward to working with Maryland State Delegates Jared Solomon and C.T. Wilson, and Senators Benjamin Kramer and Chris West, and other legislators in Maryland, and across the country, to enact policies that will create a safer and healthier online experience for kids and families."


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