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GOP Sen. Hawley Targets Tech's 'Psychological Tricks'

GOP Sen. Hawley Targets Tech's 'Psychological Tricks'
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By    |   Tuesday, 30 July 2019 07:00 AM

A Republican senator introduced legislation this week to crack down on the "psychological tricks" he said tech companies use to keep people engaged on their platforms.

The Social Media Addiction Reduction Technology (SMART) Act championed by Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., would send a strong message to social media companies in the age of internet addiction, The Hill reports

"Big tech has embraced a business model of addiction," Hawley said. "Too much of the 'innovation' in this space is designed not to create better products, but to capture more attention by using psychological tricks that make it difficult to look away."

The bill would prevent YouTube, for example, from employing its autoplay feature that plays another video after one finishes. It also addresses the "infinite scroll" part of using Twitter and Facebook, along with "streaks" on Snapchat.

Hawley, 39, who took office in January, has made taking on big tech part of his platform. In June, he introduced a bill that would strip away liability protection from tech companies when it comes to third-party content posted on their platforms.

In May, Hawley unveiled a proposal for mandating that tech companies provide users with a "do no track" button to keep their data private.

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