Legislation Can’t Fix Social Media

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Put simply: The prescription offered by the Filter Bubble Transparency Act has already been tried and would actually worsen the bill’s animating concerns, not make them better.

It is tempting to dismiss self-defeating attempts like this one as another example of Congress’ ineptitude and total lack of understanding of even the most basic aspects of internet platforms. And while this critique is more than justified, bills like these are responding to a real dynamic that should be better understood.

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Legislation Can’t Fix Social Media
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