Erasing the Past: California Has It All

Ever since the Internet made screechy “eeeeee” and “oooooo” sounds, teenagers have been making irreversible mistakes online…until now, at least if you live in California. On Monday, Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law which allows people who are younger than 18 years old to remove their own postings on websites. California is the very first state to have this law.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & a few other social media sites already allow users to delete their posts. This law will require all websites with California state users to allow the same.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The law is a big deal for a few reasons:

  • California is the U.S. state with the most tech companies. 
  • Kids and teenagers tend to post before they think. Now, mistakes won’t follow them for their whole life.
  • Increased privacy settings could protect kids from being bullied.
  • College applications and job interviews won’t be affected by posts from the past.
  • The same law may be coming to your state soon enough.
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

A 2011 Kaplan survey showed that one quarter of college admissions counselors looked at applicants’ social media accounts. 12% of the counselors surveyed said that what they found (vulgarity, alcohol consumption, illegal activities) affected the student’s chances negatively.

Read more about the new law here:

Teens Get Online “Eraser Button” With New California Law, Huffington Post

New California Law Will Met Minors Digitally Erase Their Online Past, The Verge

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