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Gatto's social media bill headed to a vote

April 26, 2014|By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com

A state bill that sets social media-monitoring standards for schools is now heading to the full State Assembly for a vote.

Introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake), AB 1442 passed with a 7-0 vote by the Assembly Education Committee. It would require educators monitoring bullying online to inform parents when their child’s Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account is being viewed.

The proposed legislation would also require schools to delete any collected photos or other posts to be deleted within a year of a student turning 18.

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“Imagine the harm that could be caused if a hacker, mean-spirited employee or even a careless IT worker were to expose a database of all the things a person said or did as a teenager,” Gatto said in a statement.

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