Fighting the New Totalitarianism

Josh Hawley, a senator who made me very sad in November by beating Claire McCaskill, is proving to be actually pretty great. See here:

Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) will introduce legislation on Tuesday that would ban the “addictive” features of various social media platforms, which the freshman lawmaker believes have weaponized human psychology in service of an attention-for-profit model.

I believe that this is the most important issue for us to be discussing. And barely anybody is doing that. When did McCaskill ever do anything nearly as important? Hawley is trying to fight against the rise of new totalitarianism. And that’s extremely admirable.

The details and the text of the proposal are at the link.

2 thoughts on “Fighting the New Totalitarianism”

  1. The bill also requires any “social media company” to add a bunch of features. Again, some of these features are probably good ideas, just not good ideas that should be required by law. Among the mandated features: a tool that users can use to set time limits on the platform, an opt-out rule that, by default, limits the use of any services to 30 minutes per day, and a regular counter of how much time you’ve spent on the site. So, if we were deemed to be “primarily” in the social media business, and you’re reading Techdirt for more than 30 minutes, sorry folks, but I’ll need to cut you off (and re-set the limit on the first of every month, even if you opt out). Yes, that’s right — even if people opt out of the 30 minute limit, this bill would require it be turned back on, on the 1st of every month. So paternalistic. And, apparently, I’ll magically have to build such tools into my site.

    https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190730/10391942678/josh-hawley-wants-to-appoint-himself-product-manager-internet.shtml

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