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Bills Aimed at ‘Protecting’ Kids Online Throw the Baby out with the Bathwater

The phrase “don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater” is used to signify that we shouldn’t accidentally throw out good things in our efforts to get rid of the bad. As the U.S. Senate again gears up to consider multiple bills intended to protect teens online, they must be aware that substantially increasing the costs of creating teen-friendly platforms could lead online platforms to gate access to their platforms in ways that would exclude teens altogether.

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