President Biden is pushing to ban advertising and data collection aimed at children, according to his speech during the recent State of the Union address. In addition to talking about the impending war in Ukraine, Biden explained that it’s time “to ban advertising targeted at children” that social media platforms use “for profit.”
“We must hold social media platforms accountable for the national experiment they conduct on our children for profit,” President Biden said.
“It’s time to strengthen privacy protections, to ban targeted advertising to children, to demand that tech companies stop collecting personal data about our children.”
The condemnation of children’s use of social media came during a section devoted to improving the mental health of the American population, especially after the difficult times of confinement and death due to COVID-19. Biden believes social media has a detrimental effect on children’s mental health and aims to address it with a new round of funding.
Apparently led by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, the calls come after she testified before Congress to implore the government to regulate Facebook, now known as Meta. Haugen attended the event at the invitation of First Lady Jill Biden.
Biden now plans to seek $5 million in funding from Congress to add to the 2023 budget, which will go towards research into the effects of social media on mental health. A “National Center of Excellence on Social Media and Mental Wellbeing” will also be set up, focusing in particular on the impacts of social media on adolescents.
“And let’s give all Americans the mental health services they need. More people they can turn to for help, and full parity between physical and mental health care,” continued the President.