It’s no secret that Josh Hawley is not a friend of liberty. From his disastrous minimum wage hike plan to wishing for the death of Facebook, he has quickly cemented his place as one of Congress’ most authoritarian members (and that really says something). But on Tuesday, Hawley took another dangerous step away from freedom; the first-term senator now hopes to ban tech companies’ use of psychology to help bring in revenue.
Sitting upon Mt. Rushmore is four presidents who many consider to be the nation’s greatest. One of these four is Theodore Roosevelt. He’s well known for his “Big Stick Diplomacy” and conservationist efforts. Perhaps the most controversial policy of Roosevelt was his trust-busting. It’s possible that it’s time to trust-bust the big tech giants like Facebook and Google.
Mark Zuckerberg is a predator. Well, not actually, but in lieu of the recent Facebook policy changes, stating so on an online publication leaves him open to threats of violence on Facebook, via the site’s own policy.
The field of journalism is not easy. They are poorly paid and, most of the time, have to be out of their comfort zone. Journalists are often rejected and always pressured by deadlines that they may barely meet. On top of that, they are hated, and that hatred is escalating.
Senator Josh Hawley from Missouri announced he will introduce a bill to ban “manipulative” online game features. The Republican calls his bill the “Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act”. The bill will prohibit games marketed towards children from adding features that require money for advancing or receiving random rewards. These features being “Loot Boxes” and “Pay to win” in the video games industry. Additionally, the bill gives the Federal Trade Commission the power of enforcement of the ban. Furthermore, it gives state attorney generals to files lawsuits against companies who violate the ban.