CA social media law allows minors to delete embarrassing posts

From mean tweets to unprofessional Facebook photos, a new California law will give teens a chance to remove regrettable posts.


The law, which takes effect in January 2015, is the first in the country to give internet users who are 18 years and younger the right to remove posts that could harm their reputation before graduating high school.


"In this day and age, everyone has social media pages," Joseph Phillips, a business service specialist at America's Job Center of California, said.


"No matter what you do online, we all know that stuff doesn't completely go away so someone could delete that information but that's not to say that information is still available somewhere else."


Although many popular sites like Facebook and Twitter already allow users to delete posts and/or tweets, the law will make it a requirement for all websites to extend the privilege to minors in California.

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