UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — Following the death of 17-year-old Utica Native Bianca Devins, images of her deceased body remained on social media for several days before being removed.
“The pain of losing a child is unimaginable, but to have that pain exploited on social media is a trauma that no family should ever have to endure.” – Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D) NY-22
Congressman Brindisi is pushing for a new legislation that to combat violent and graphic social media content, and ensure that action is taken against companies who violate this.
“Today we are introducing Bianca’s Law. Bianca’s Law has 2 parts. First accountability and transparency and second enforcement and oversight.” – Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D) NY-22
This would require all social media companies with over 10 million dollars in revenue and more than 100,000 monthly users and to create an office that identifies and removes graphic content. These companies would also have to make this office’s number public, report findings to their CEO, and create staff training and routine audits. This law would also have the Federal Trade Commission and state attorney generals enforce these guidelines and impose penalties.
“The legislation has been introduced in the house. It will go to the energy and commerce committee which is charged with oversight over social media companies. We are trying to build as much support for this legislation as possible” – Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D) NY-22
Brindisi says he will continue to fight for this bill so that no family has to experience this heartache again.