The US Senate decided to fight addiction to social networks
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The US Senate decided to fight addiction to social networks

US Senators Amy Klobuchar and Cynthia Lummis have introduced a bill aimed at tackling addiction to social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

Image source: Denis Hiza / pixabay.com

Image source: Denis Hiza / pixabay.com

One of the sensations of the past year was the testimony of whistleblower and former Facebook employee Frances Haugen, who said Instagram posed a potential threat to teenage users and the company was aware of it. Other sources have also accused social media of being platforms for spreading dangerous misinformation about the pandemic and vaccinations.

According to the bill, the National Science Foundation and the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine will study the impact of social networks on users. Based on the data received, the Federal Trade Commission will develop appropriate rules for violations of which social networks will be held accountable.

“For too long tech companies have been saying, ‘Believe me, everything is under control.’ But we know that social media platforms have consistently boosted profits [интересов] users and [рекомендательные] Algorithms promoted dangerous content that addicted users and spread disinformation. Our draft law will help overcome these problems.”— Senator Klobuchar commented on the initiative.

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