US lawmakers introduce bipartisan bill to tackle social media addiction

WASHINGTON, Feb 10 (Reuters) – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar, Democrat, and Cynthia Lummis, Republican, introduced a bill to tackle addiction to social media platforms like Meta Platform (FB.O) Facebook or Twitter (TWTR.N) .

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Under the bill, the National Science Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine would conduct a study of potential interventions that Facebook or others could use to address social media addiction issues, the office said. of Klobuchar in a statement Thursday.

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The Federal Trade Commission would create rules based on the findings and hold platforms accountable if they fail to comply, according to the statement.

“For too long, tech companies have said ‘Trust us, we’ve got this’. But we know that social media platforms have repeatedly put profits before people, with algorithms pushing dangerous content that hook users and spread misinformation. This bill will help combat these practices,” Klobuchar said in a statement.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Facebook declined to comment but pointed to a blog post in December that said it would be rolling out new tools for Instagram that would, for example, prevent people from tagging unfollowing teens or taking a break from the screen.

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Reporting by Diane Bartz; edited by Diane Craft

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