Congress Could Require Algorithm-Free Versions Of Internet Platforms

With so much news about social media platforms (like Facebook) using algorithms to drive traffic where they want users to go, it’s not surprising that Congress would turn its legislative powers toward forcing those platforms to allow algorithm-free versions of tech platforms.

From Axios:

Anger over how platforms use their algorithms to target users is a bipartisan issue with momentum on Capitol Hill.

The Filter Bubble Transparency Act would require internet platforms to let people use a version of their services where content selections are not driven by algorithms.

It’s sponsored by Reps. Ken Buck (R-Colo.), David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Lori Trahan (D-Mass.) and Burgess Owens (R-Utah).

The Senate version has bipartisan sponsors, including Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.).

Read more at Axios.

Personally, I’m all for letting us view what it is we WANT to view instead of being force-fed content.