Republican Senator Wants to Ban ‘Addictive’ Social Media Features Like Autoplay Video

Josh Hawley’s proposed act would also block infinite scrolling and place a 30-minute daily time limit for apps

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), one of Silicon Valley’s harshest critics in Washington, D.C., introduced a new bill on Tuesday that would ban “addictive” social media features. The legislation, if adopted, would impact several key features found on popular apps and sites like Instagram and YouTube.

Hawley’s Social Media Addiction Reduction Technology Act aims to “prohibit social media companies from using practices that exploit human psychology or brain physiology to substantially impede freedom of choice.”

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Sean Burch

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