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Growing momentum for the Kids Online Safety Act
February 15, 2024, 11:35 a.m.

Blackburn & Blumenthal announce 60+ cosponsors & supporters

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the heels of the Senate’s hearing with Big Tech CEOs, U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) lead sponsors of the bipartisan Kids Online Safety Act, announced growing U.S. Senate support for the bill, with 62 senators now cosponsoring the legislation. Following conversations with stakeholders and colleagues, Blackburn and Blumenthal also announced new bill supporters and several changes that have been made to strengthen the legislation and ensure it becomes law.

“This overwhelming bipartisan support for the Kids Online Safety Act—62 co-sponsors, Democrats and Republicans—reflects the powerful voices of young people and parents who want Congress to act,” said Senators Blackburn and Blumenthal. “The recent watershed hearing with Big Tech CEOs showcased the urgent need for reform. With new changes to strengthen the bill and growing support, we should seize this moment to take action. We must listen to the kids, parents, experts, and advocates, and finally hold Big Tech accountable by passing the Kids Online Safety Act into law.”

“Children and teens have been subjected to online harassment, bullying, and other harms for far too long. The Kids Online Safety Act will require social media companies to design their products with the safety of kids and teens in mind, provide parents tools to protect their kids and give families more options for managing and disconnecting from these platforms. I look forward to working on a bipartisan basis with Senators Blumenthal and Blackburn to advance this bill in the Senate,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

“I committed to work with parents, advocates, and the bill sponsors to strengthen the Kids Online Safety Act in the Commerce Committee and help usher this bill into law. This revised text reflects many months of collaboration to craft a strong and balanced bill that does not lose sight of its purpose: to protect our kids online. KOSA demands accountability from online platforms and gives parents the tools to help protect the well-being of their children,” said U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

“Big Tech companies have failed to keep abhorrent and harmful content away from young users or give parents the tools necessary to keep children safe online. The Kids Online Safety Act is a serious and meaningful step toward empowering parents and protecting our kids from toxic content, bullying, sexual predators, and other online threats. Over the past several months, I am proud to have worked with Sens. Blackburn, Blumenthal, and Cantwell to make improvements to this bipartisan legislation so that it is ready for the Senate floor. As the parent of teenagers, I hope my congressional colleagues will come together to pass this legislation to help address the crises of depression and suicide that children across the country are facing in part because of social media,” said U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

The Kids Online Safety Act would provide kids and parents with better tools to protect themselves online, hold Big Tech accountable for harms to kids, and provide transparency into black box algorithms.

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