Sen. Maye Quade Presents Legislation to Protect, Compensate Children in ‘Content Creator’ Families

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Thursday, Feb. 22, Senator Erin MayeQuade (DFL-Apple Valley) presented a bill to the Senate Labor Committee that expands the rights of children who are featured in profit-earning content shared on social media or the internet (SF 3496). The bill would ensure these children — some of whom are too young to understand that their image is being shared online — receive fair compensation, reduce coercive practices, and codify the right to have their image removed from the internet, among other protections.

“The children we see featured in sponsored Instagram posts and Tiktok reaction videos are central to the ability of these account owners to earn money — and children deserve to be paid for that work,” said Sen. Maye Quade. “This legislation follows the lead of other states that have taken proactive steps to protect minors in this new content-driven industry. With the rise of internet influencers and the expansion of content creation, this bill is an important first step for legislators to expand Minnesota’s child labor protections, ensure children are properly compensated for their labor, and provide children a chance to control their online image.”

SF 3496 was passed on a voice vote and referred to the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee.

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Senator Erin Maye Quade represents Senate District 56 which includes Apple Valley, Eagan, and Rosemount. She is vice chair of the Education Policy Committee, and serves on the Education Finance Committee, Human Services Committee, and the State and Local Government and Veterans Committee.
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