After a month of disclosures from Facebook, whistleblowers spurred new calls to rein in an industry that has mostly avoided regulation so far; two bills introduced on Thursday would impose additional restrictions on the largest US internet corporations.
“Social media platforms like Facebook continue to actively amplify content that endangers our families, promotes conspiracy theories, and incites extremism to generate more clicks and ad dollars,” Pallone of New Jersey said. “Designing personalized algorithms that promote extremism, disinformation and harmful content is a conscious choice, and platforms should have to answer for it.”
A bill introduced by Frank Pallone, the chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and other senior House Democrats would end legal liability protections for platforms that use algorithms to enhance harmful content, stating the way these behemoths use and distribute their content, should be held accountable for that.
The other bill, presented by a bipartisan group of senators, would ban the largest US online businesses, such as Amazon.com and Apple, from giving their own goods an advantage over rivals’.