BARCELONA, Spain (NEWSnet/AP) — Spain’s government has proposed a law to protect children from online threats.

The bill would modify the criminal code to create specific crimes for sharing pornographic material with minors and the creation of “deepfake” images using artificial intelligence, especially if they target victims with sexually abusive material. It also targets so-called “grooming” by sexual predators to try to gain trust of minors.

Convicted criminals who use the internet to perpetrate a felony would face virtual restraining orders prohibiting them from contacting victims online and a ban from specific online activities.

The minimum age for opening a social media account will increase from 14 to 16. Technology companies will be required to install age verification and parental control on social media and video-sharing applications.

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