Lawmaker Targets Infinite Scroll, Other Techniques To Keep Users Mindlessly Engaged In Apps
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) accused Big Tech of embracing "a business model of addiction.” His bill doesn’t go as far as outright banning social media platforms, but it proposes regulatory measures that would force users to actively choose to engage for prolonged periods rather than being mindlessly sucked into the void.
The Washington Post:
Sen. Josh Hawley Proposes A New Bill ‘To Curb Social Media Addiction’
The youngest senator in Congress, and one of its toughest crusaders against Big Tech, proposed a bill Tuesday meant to curb social media addiction by regulating the techniques that prolong engagement on the platforms. Freshman Sen. Josh Hawley’s bill, the Social Media Addiction Reduction Technology (SMART) Act, would make it illegal for social media companies such as Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat to use infinite scroll, autoplay video or techniques like Snapchat’s “streaks,” which reward a user with badges for repeated use. (Mettler, 7/30)
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