Legislators and advocates say they want to further restrict social media businesses in the New Year, days after Congress passed a bipartisan funding bill prohibiting TikTok from federal devices.
More than 1 billion people use the Chinese business ByteDance’s video-sharing app TikTok each month. TikTok’s ownership structure has raised concerns from lawmakers and FBI Director Christopher Wray because businesses with Chinese legal bases are obligated to provide useful information upon government request.
Although TikTok has frequently insisted that the data of American users are not stored in China, this hasn’t done much to allay worries.
Rep. Mike Gallagher, a Republican from Wisconsin, compared TikTok to “digital fentanyl” on Sunday and said he thought the app should be banned nationwide.
It’s very addictive and harmful, he declared. We’re seeing alarming evidence of the damaging effects of constant social media use, especially on young people in America.
Apple should incorporate five Android features with iOS in 2023.
Frances Haugen, a Facebook leaker, stated on Sunday that regulators should fight for more transparency about how social media sites like TikTok, Twitter, and YouTube operate as a first step because they all use similar algorithms.
Haugen remarked that she believes the majority of people are not aware of how far behind other countries social media regulation is in the US.
She told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that “this is like we’re back in 1965, there aren’t any seatbelt rules yet.”
In 2022, Congress was unable to enact many of the most aggressive tech-related legislation, such as antitrust legislation requiring Apple and Google to provide developers with more payment options for their apps and a bill requiring new safety measures for children online. This year, Congress made more progress than in previous years in passing a compromise measure on national privacy standards, but only a patchwork of state laws currently governs how consumer data is secured.
the lending cliff is “dangerously near” to the street economy.
Bipartisan support exists for many of these proposals, according to Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and many have reached the Senate floor. However, she claimed that the internet industry’s advocacy is so strong that even laws that have “strong, bipartisan support” can collapse “within 24 hours.”
On Sunday, Klobuchar stated that social media corporations won’t change their ways unless Americans decide they’ve had enough.
She admitted to “Meet the Press” on NBC that “We are falling behind.” “Let 2023 be the year that we finally pass one of this legislation,” the speaker said.