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Lawmakers Introduce Bill Targeting Social Media Addiction

Lawmakers Introduce Bill Targeting Social Media Addiction

February 11, 2022 — A bipartisan team of lawmakers have introduced a bill that would force social media companies to take steps to prevent addiction and harmful content.

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) introduced the Social Media NUDGE Act to address the harmful risks of social media.

Lawmakers want to study the problem with researchers from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM).

Based on the studies, lawmakers want the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to create rules that would hold social media companies accountable for protecting users from addiction and misinformation.

According to U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar:

“For too long, tech companies have said ‘Trust us, we’ve got this.’ But we know that social media platforms have repeatedly put profits over people, with algorithms pushing dangerous content that hooks users and spreads misinformation. This bill will help address these practices.”

The bill is the latest effort by the government to crack down on social media companies, which have increasingly come under fire for their negative effect on teenagers’ mental health.

A growing number of lawsuit have also been filed by angry parents who believe that Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, or TikTok caused their child to commit suicide, develop eating disorders, or mental health issues like depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, and more.

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