Bill would ban ‘addictive’ social media features


WASHINGTON D.C. (WEHT) – If you’re spending too much time on social media, one lawmaker is proposing a bill that would ban ‘addictive’ features and seeks to help limit social media time for users.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) introduced the SMART Act that would ban autoplay and infinite scrolling features. It would also limit users’ time on social media to 30 minutes per day.

Users that want more time would have to opt out of the limits every month.

Sen. Hawley defended his bill at the Young America’s Foundation, saying the big technology companies profit off of users’ addiction to their platforms.

Critics like Steve DelBianco of Net Choice say this is not the government’s role.

“I think there is plenty of evidence that people know how to manage their online time in a way, without inviting the government into micromanaging everything they do on the internet,” DelBianco said.

So far, Sen. Hawley’s bill lacks support from any other senators.

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(This story was originally published on August 8, 2019)

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