Let’s Not Have a Bunch of Posturing Politicians Decide How Online Algorithms Should Work

Source: Reason
by Scott Shackford

“A handful of lawmakers are pushing a bill that would make it harder for online search algorithms to give you what you want — yet another example of why it’s bad to give politicians power over tech policy. A bipartisan pack of senators and congressmen led by Sen. John Thune (R–S.D.) have introduced what they’re calling the Filter Bubble Transparency Act. The legislation essentially aims to stop major platforms and search engines from algorithmically determining what they show you based on information you did not purposefully give them. … It may sound good in theory to forbid sites from using secret data to decide what to show you. But this bill will be a disaster if it passes.” (11/11/21)