SACRAMENTO, Cali. – We’ve all heard of it happening, a teenager posts something embarrassing or even harmful to social media without realizing the consequences.
Now a new bill would give minors the chance to remove embarrassing photographs and posts on social media websites.
On the same day California Governor Jerry Brown signed off on the bill, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg who crafted it, teamed up with a Facebook rep for an event at Rosemont high school.
“We were all young, you know, you’re fooling around and you post something that you don’t mean to be derogatory or embarrassing,” Steinberg said. “Well little do you know that your college application could hinge on something that you didn’t intend to be hurtful or harmful but it turns out was or is.”
A new Kaplan study finds an increasing number of college admissions officers check Facebook.
Under the law, website operators will be required to allow minors to remove their own postings.
“Some may look at this and say taking down posts and pictures, this could be a challenge to enforce,” Steinberg said. “How do you respond to this? Well we worked with Facebook, we worked with the companies and some of the companies are already doing this. It’s called an ‘eraser button’ and we just mandate that you have an eraser button.”
However, the law would not apply if the content had been reported by a third party.
The bill also prevents websites from advertising products to minors that are illegal for them to purchase.