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CA AB 2481

Title: Social media-related threats: reporting.
Author: Josh Lowenthal

Summary
AB 2481, as amended, Lowenthal. Social media-related threats: reporting. The Cyberbullying Protection Act requires a social media platform to disclose all cyberbullying reporting procedures in the social media platform’s terms of service and to establish a mechanism within its internet-based service that allows an individual, whether or not that individual has a profile on the internet-based service, to report cyberbullying or any content that violates the existing terms of service. Existing law requires the reporting mechanism to allow, but not require, an individual to upload a screenshot of the content that contains cyberbullying or violates the terms of service.This bill would require a social media platform to establish a mechanism within its internet-based service that allows an individual, whether or not that individual has a profile on the social media platform, to report a social media-related threat or any content that violates the social media platform’s terms of service. The bill would require the reporting mechanism to meet certain criteria, including that the mechanism offers an electronic point of contact specific to matters involving harms to a minor. The bill would define “social media-related threat” to mean content posted on a social media platform that promotes, incites, facilitates, or perpetrates any of certain things, including cyberbullying, suicide, and drug trafficking.This bill would require a large social media platform, as defined, to, among other things, create a process to verify certain individuals as verified reporters, including a school principal or counselor, as specified. The bill would require a large social media platform to create a process by which a verified reporter can make a report of a social media-related threat or a violation of the large social media platform’s terms of service that in the verified reporter’s opinion poses a risk or a severe risk to the health and safety of a minor. The bill would require a large social media platform that receives a report from a verified reporter to, on a publicly accessible internet website, report annually on, among other things, the total number of reports from a verified reporter received for the calendar year.This bill would authorize a person who has, pursuant to the bill, made a report with respect to which a violation of the bill occurred or a person who, as a result of a social media platform’s actions or omissions, was unable to make a report to bring a civil action for a violation of the bill’s provisions and would authorize a court to award certain relief in a successful civil action, including statutory damages not to exceed $10,000 per violation.

Status
Referred to Com. on JUD.

Bill Documents
CA AB 2481 - 05/07/24 - Amended Assembly
05/07/24 - CA AB 2481 (05/07/24 - Amended Assembly)


CA AB 2481 - 04/23/24 - Amended Assembly
04/23/24 - CA AB 2481 (04/23/24 - Amended Assembly)

CA AB 2481 - 04/22/24 - Amended Assembly
04/22/24 - CA AB 2481 (04/22/24 - Amended Assembly)

CA AB 2481 - 04/15/24 - Amended Assembly
04/15/24 - CA AB 2481 (04/15/24 - Amended Assembly)

CA AB 2481 - 03/21/24 - Amended Assembly
03/21/24 - CA AB 2481 (03/21/24 - Amended Assembly)

CA AB 2481 - 02/13/24 - Introduced
02/13/24 - CA AB 2481 (02/13/24 - Introduced)

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