Facebook, Google and other social media users could disable content algorithms in a new US proposal

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A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the US House of Representatives has tabled a bill that would require internet platforms like Facebook from Meta and Google from Alphabet to allow users to see content that was not selected by algorithms.

The law, introduced by Rep. Ken Buck, a Republican, and David Cicilline, a Democrat and others, would require large internet platforms to display consumer information that was not addressed to them through algorithms, and outside that of lawmakers Place the so-called “filter bubble”. “

Cicilline chairs the House Justice Committee Antitrust Committee, and Buck is the top Republican. The panel wrote a major report, unveiled last year, that harshly criticized large tech companies, including Amazon and Apple.

The House of Representatives move is an addition to a bill submitted to the Senate in June. This is also non-partisan.

“Consumers should be able to get in contact with Internet platforms without being manipulated by secret algorithms that are controlled by user-specific data,” Buck said in a statement.

There are also a number of antitrust laws targeting the major technology platforms.

Most recently, Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat who chairs the Antitrust Committee of the Senate Judiciary, and Republican Tom Cotton tabled a bill to make it easier for the government to stop deals that they believe are violating antitrust laws. It is usually up to the government to prove that a particular transaction would cause prices to rise or is illegal for other reasons.

© Thomson Reuters 2021

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