…Shoshana Weissmann, the digital media and communications director at the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank, told StateScoop that even though the Utah laws have good intentions, they are seriously flawed.

“Most importantly, putting the burden of proof on platforms means that they’re going to use the most accurate age verification methods possible — which means government ID or biometrics including facial recognition,” she said. “Better means do not exist. This is a massive security risk, as we know private companies and the government are hacked all the time. Further, the decision of when to ban children from using social media at certain times is a family decision and not something of which the government should have any part…”