On Tuesday, three senators unveiled a bill designed to make it easier for people to get out of big social networks like Facebook and Facebook
Bilateral legislation sponsored by Republican Senator Josh Howley and Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal and Mark Warner will mandate these platforms to allow their clients to easily download their data and move it to another site.
The Compatibility and Competition Enhancement through Activation Switching Act (ACCESS) law affects sites that have more than 100 million active users per month in the US, which would mean the legislation would affect Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
The bill aims to stimulate competition in the market by making data about jungle social media sites more interoperable with other platforms built by small companies. In other words, she wants to give the next Elo a chance to combat gaining traction. Having to move all your information to a new platform can be a big obstacle when it comes time to try migrating to a friend on a social network – not to mention the fact that your data belongs to you and should be easily accessible.
"By making it easier for social media users to move their data or continue communicating with their friends after changing platforms, startups will be able to compete on an equal footing with the largest social media companies," said Senator Warner, in a statement.
Howley said in a statement, "This bill creates long overdue requirements that will increase competition and give consumers the power to move their data from one service to another."
In June Warner and Howley also teamed up on Designing Accounting Precautions to Assist Extension of Supervision and Data Regulations (DASHBOARD), which would require any platform with more than 100 million monthly active users to disclose what data it collects and how it uses that data . The bill will also force companies to provide estimates on the value of this data and allow users to delete their data.
Howley is one of Capitol Hill's most outspoken critics of Hill's Big Tech data collection practices, but he often disseminates misinformation – for example, when he asks Twitter to authorize third-party auditing after falsely accusing the platform of suspending the movie bill against abortion unplanned . He also does not understand the law that holds the entire internet together, or at least pretends not to.
But sometimes the Conservative Senator comes up against legislation that actually benefits American consumers – like the Access Act. It's good to see policymakers looking at different ways that big tech companies become gatekeepers who use data collection to block competition and prevent the existence of an open internet .