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S. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) it has been announced that the legislation was designed to curb the social media addiction, and the purpose of “deceptive techniques” that tech giants such as Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram to use in order to operate.
The Missouri senate bill is focused specifically on the characteristics of social media that are designed to be addictive, according to a statement released on Tuesday. The-Social-Media-Addiction Reduction Technology (SMART) Act, the prohibition of features such as infinite scrolling, and playing with social media and services like Snapchat’s “Snapstreak.”
A Snapstreak occurs when two or more Snapchat friends have clicked on within 24 hours for more than three consecutive days in a row. Hawley argues that this function, like the others have mentioned, make good use of the science of addiction, making it difficult to go to social media platforms.
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The law makes exceptions for lists and social media, which is designed primarily for the streaming of music (that probably would have been in the Apple Music and Spotify), and “achievement” badges that will significantly expand access to new services and / or functionality.
File photo U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) speaks during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in March 12, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
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The bill defines a social media platforms, primarily to serve as a medium for users to interact with content posted by other users on the machine,” and it allows users to create user accounts or profiles that are specific to the device or to import profiles from an alternative medium.”
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Hawley’s bill would also require social media companies to offer a choice of parity checks for the permission. What this means is that the social media platforms “would no longer be allowed to manipulate people into consenting by making it difficult to get permission to refuse,” according to a statement. For example, companies would have to design and build the “accept” and “decline” boxes to the same formats, fonts, and font sizes.
The senator also wants to give the FTC and the U.s. Department of Health and Human Services has the authority to ban others for similar practices.
In addition, Hawley will give the user the ability to monitor their use of social media, the companies that have in-app tools, allowing users to keep track of the amount of time that they spend on the platforms for any device. It can also be used to impose caps on the amount of time that users spend on social media.
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“Big tech has developed a business model of” addiction,” Hawley said in a statement. “A lot of the innovation in this space has been designed in order to provide better products to be created in order to capture more of the attention due to it’s use of psychological tricks which will make it difficult to look away. This legislation will put an end to, and encourage innovation by technology companies.”
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Hawley, a high-profile critic of the Large-Tech, has recently been announced that the legislation would be to remove the tech titans’ protection from liability for content provided by third parties on their platforms.
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