WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers are running into technical problems, the introduction of a bill in which social networks such as Facebook, users to pack up their data and go somewhere else, Warner’s office said in a statement on Tuesday.
A FILE PHOTO of Stickers bearing the Facebook logo is pictured at the Facebook Inc. F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, united states, April 30, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
The senators, Republican Josh Hawley, and Democrats Mark Warner and Richard Blumenthal, the introduction of the bill, at a time when there is growing concern that Facebook, along with the Alphabet of Google’s so powerful is that smaller competitors will not be able to attract their customers.
The bill would require communications platforms, with more than 100 million monthly active users – Facebook has over two billion to get its users to move around easily, or port their data to any other network.
The idea is that it is all a part of the European union, has the support of Representative David Cicilline, a Democrat who leads the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee.
The portability of the data that has been promoted in the past as well as consumers, have the power to make their data available, which is able to stimulate the growth of the social media alternatives that offer features such as more privacy or less advertising.
The companies would be required to have a user interface to facilitate interoperability. Whether users should be allowed to choose a different company to manage the account settings, content, and online interactions.
Facebook has been hit by a number of privacy-related issues lately, including a glitch that has been exposed to the staff of the passwords of millions of users, which are stored in a readable format to use in their internal systems. The social media giant is also under strict data protection laid down by the company’s $5 billion settlement with the u.s. Federal Trade Commission, which was announced in mid-July.
“By the turn of the portability, interoperability, and delegatability, and this bill will help to the consumer in the driver’s seat when it comes to where and how to use social media,” said Sen. Warner, a former technology entrepreneur and venture capitalist.
However, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has pointed out that, in its own ‘ data portability is not the best way to, competition; the possibility to transfer your data to another service, it is not very useful, as there is no viable competition.”
Facebook said in September “supports the principle of data portability” but it is not a summary of the action to be taken, and the tech industry lobbyists, the Internet Association in support of the concept.
Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Shri Navaratnam