Senator Josh Hawley introduced the SMART ACT, ( Social Media Addiction Reduction Technology Act). The point of the bill, if passed, is watching over the addictive nature of online media platforms. Scrolls, autoplay, and streaks would be outlawed. The content would be gentler, and as The Hill describes, “userfriendly”. The content by Sen. Hawley’s concern is psychologically injuring consumers.
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.