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California law allows minors to remove embarrassing pics, posts

Mark Hachman | Sept. 18, 2013
A California law enacted Monday gives California minors the right to ask a Web site to remove whatever content they choose, and restricts those sites from advertising certain items to minors.

Twitter already allows you to delete tweets you don't like. Facebook's Graph Search is an easy way--too easy--to pore through Timelines for embarassing photos. (Here's how to do it--and how to avoid it happening to you.) And while there's always the option of erasing yourself from the Internet, most people probably want the freedom of publishing what they want, without the past coming back to haunt them.

The good news, however, is that Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Yahoo all are headquartered in California, so the companies won't have much wiggle room to avoid complying with it. Nevertheless, that still doesn't mean that the law is a get-out-of-jail-free card for school admissions and job interviews. But if you've accidentally overdosed on cough syrup, wrapped yourself in tinsel, and recorded a video of yourself twerking, you may be able to save your dignity. Maybe.


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