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A new California law lets actors force websites to hide their ages if they ask


Now, any age can be the new 30. 

California recently signed a law that requires entertainment websites to remove a performer's age upon request. That doesn't apply to news sites, but only sites where subscribers can make hiring decisions (<b>like IMDb</b>, which most of us just use to look up "who was in that movie with Kevin Bacon?")

The goal is to fight age discrimination, <b>Gizmodo reports</b>.

Even though it is against both federal and state law, age discrimination persists in the entertainment industry.
Ian Calderon, California State Assembly

So will it actually work?

Well, considering news sites are exempt from this ban, it seems unlikely. The law is narrowly targeted to sites like IMDb Pro and Studio System. But that means a wide variety of other sites can just report actors' and actresses' ages anyway.

Recent efforts... will do nothing to stop the 'bad actors' who continue to employ discriminatory tactics in their casting and hiring practices.
Michael Beckerman, Internet Association

Michael Beckerman, CEO of the Internet Association, blasted the bill in  Hollywood Reporter.

"Supporters of the bill may argue the measure is limited to target a specific case of age discrimination in Hollywood, but they cannot have their cake and eat it too," he wrote.

The law takes effect at the beginning of 2017, <b>The Independent reports</b>. When it does, sites will have five days to comply with requests to remove an age.

Should actors be able to force sites to remove their ages?

A new California law lets actors force websites to hide their ages if they ask

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