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Senator Wants to Ban Addictive Social Media Functions

September 19, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Senator Wants to Ban Addictive Social Media Functions | Filed in: pllavecyf.

first_img We’ve all been there: Lost down the rabbit hole of endless Pinterest scrolling or seduced by another autoplay IGTV video on Instagram.But those time-sucking tendencies could soon be a thing of the past if Sen. Josh Hawley gets his way.The Missouri Republican on Tuesday introduced legislation aimed at curbing “addictive and deceptive” techniques that “exploit” social media users.“Big tech has embraced a business model of addiction,” Hawley said in a statement. “Too much of the ‘innovation’ in this space is designed not to create better products, but to capture more attention by using psychological tricks that make it difficult to look away.”Enter the SMART (Social Media Addiction Reduction Technology) Act, which bans certain habit-forming features, require choice parity for consent, and give users the power to monitor their time spent online.Hawley specifically calls out design features like infinite scroll and autoplay.He also wants to ban social media gamification—awarding badges for engaging with the platform (think Snapchat emoji rewards for Snapstreaks) without supplying access to added services, content, or functionality. Stay on target 11-Year-Old Gets ‘Scammed’ Into Paying $4K for TikTok InfluencerFacebook Reportedly Considers Hiding ‘Like’ Counts center_img Big Tech has embraced addiction as a business model. Their ‘innovation’ isn’t designed to create better products, but to capture attention by using psychological tricks that make it impossible to look away. Time to expect more & better from Silicon Valley— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) July 30, 2019Sure, a world without autoplay videos is a world I want to live in. But Hawley’s bill takes digital chaperoning a bit too far.As Ars Technica pointed out, the proposal demands social networks limit users to 30 minutes of consumption per day—by default.There is an option to adjust or remove the limit for daily and weekly browsing, but companies must reset the half-hour cap on the first day of every month.Plus, users would receive a “conspicuous” pop-up at least once every 30 minutes, highlighting the amount of time spent on any given service that day, across all devices.If Hawley’s endgame is simply to irritate people off of social media, he’s certainly on the right track.“Social media companies deploy a host of tactics designed to manipulate users in ways that undermines their wellbeing,” Josh Golin, executive director of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, said in a statement of support.“We commend Sen. Hawley for introducing legislation that would prohibit some of the most exploitative tactics, including those frequently deployed on children and teens,” Golin added.Hawley, whose website features an automatically playing video loop in the header image, recently heralded a bill that would ban loot boxes in video games, claiming the microtransactions exist to exploit children.In June, he submitted the Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act, which would hold major tech companies like Facebook and YouTube liable for anything posted on their network.More on Knows You Hate Chrome Autoplay VideosUK Proposes Stricter Child Safety Rules for Social MediaStudy: Social Media Sites Can Predict Behavior Even If You Don’t Use Themlast_img read more

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