EU Investigates Meta for Addictive Effects on Children

Should the U.S. government do more to regulate social media?

  • 2,546
    Joan
    Voted Maybe
    03/15/2023

    Depends on what you mean by 'regulate social media'! I am all for reducing the violence and lies and insurrection promulgated by the right wing and white supremicist groups. 

  • 1,427
    Steve
    Voted Yes
    03/14/2023

    Why 'social media' and not Fox 'News' ? 

  • 8,277
    larubia
    05/23/2024

    Congress doing something (anything) to protect children from harm?

     

    Brilliant. 

    So many of you are fighting so damn hard for every fertilized egg to come to fruition, but haven't done diddly squat to protect and provide for the living child. (Republicans, read that again.)

  • 854
    Larry
    Voted No
    03/15/2023

    Social media is nothing but a high tech version of the press, so therefore is entitled to the same constitutional protections.

  • 96.8k
    LeslieG
    Voted Maybe
    03/15/2023

    Some excellent examples of what other countries (Australia, EU, India, South Korea, UK) are doing for the US to develop an approach to removing inappropriate information, and limit access to children.

  • 50.1k
    Brian
    Voted Yes
    03/15/2023

    It's long past time to regulate social media. 

    Hate speech, propaganda, misinformation, and calls to violence cannot be allowed to fester openly on social media. The First Amendment does not protect these evils, especially on private technology platforms, and the First Amendment does not apply in all countries.

    If social media continues to fail in its ability to protect people from lies, violence, hate, and government manipulation, then what will happen to democracy and civil society? 

  • 2,947
    Arlys
    03/15/2023

    Although I fully agree that some things on social media should be regulated, the government has no control over the individual's mindset.  Sadly, there are people out there who thrive on creating chaos and get "their rocks off" realizing the results of their BS.  Some people are permently on the "pitty pot" for what ever reason and try to make themselves feel better.  Then there are the "glory seekers" who thrive on attention and their "15 minutes of fame".  Can't stop them all

    Then there are the social media companies who are only into it for the money.  Subscribers and advitisers are the way they get it.. The more subscribers, the more adverising pays for a spot.  Get the attention of subscribers, you have more control over the thought processes of the masses.  Excellent way to promote lies, hatred, and control the thinking.

  • 27.0k
    Frank_001
    05/26/2024

    Anyone else remember the anti-computer rhetoric in the late eighties and early nineties?

    Much of it aimed at the computer gaming industry.

    In the 1980s we also had  the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), which sought to add a rating system to music albums. Led by Mary “Tipper” Gore and Susan Baker, the PMRC aimed to protect children from what they perceived as harmful lyrics.

    In 2024 we still have addictive violent computer games and vulgar, sexually explicit pop music.

    In the end parents should play a greater role, the government limitations should be narrow, 

  • 831
    Billy
    Voted Maybe
    05/25/2024

    Depends on how we want to regulate it. If it is to reduce the harm to children and be transparent about information, then it would be good. If it allowed discourse without causing harm, this could be good. 

    If the goal is to give more control to block  stories about our leaders or their families then I am not sure the regulations would do more than to protect those in power.  

    In recent years we have seen stories blocked that were later (after elections) be determined as true to prevent the damaging information from impacting elections. This seems to happen on both sides of the aisle with stormy Daniels, Tara Reade, hunter Biden's laptop and Ashley Biden's diary 

  • 2,437
    Martha
    Voted Yes
    05/24/2024

    Yes the gov. should impose more regulations on social media.  It's a sure bet the social media companies won't do it and have only made symbolic geastures at regulating themselves.

  • 9,540
    M
    Voted Yes
    05/23/2024

    Social media damages more than children.
    How many ar-15s do you think this guy owns?

  • 9,540
    M
    Voted Yes
    05/22/2024

    SM/online media wants rules, so they know where the lines are and makes competition easier. (Openly stated re AI.)

    A the same time no rules means unlimited money by any means, and greed+competition mean there is zero self regulation. They all know this too.

    So they need rules. Yesterday.

  • 9,049
    Charles
    Voted Yes
    03/16/2023

    Will need list of Congress members who receive money from the Big Tech lobbyists.

  • 2,934
    Gdbondii
    Voted Yes
    03/16/2023

    Too

    msny hurt, too much bad stuff.  But, where are the parents?

  • 3,735
    Kevin
    Voted Yes
    03/15/2023

    Misinformation, disinformation, and libel keep going unprosecuted. Cyberbullying and harassment are virtually unchecked and child porn circulators are less likely to be punished than their victims.

  • 1,714
    Lesley
    Voted Maybe
    03/15/2023

    There should be standards. They should self regulate. But they don't. People get suspended for quoting a book or film, but people spreading toxic hate and lies are ok. There should be some sort of oversight. Might create lots of jobs. For reasonable people. Not conspiracy spreaders. 

  • 4,048
    Lisa
    Voted Yes
    03/15/2023

    So, other countries can/have "taken action" but the USA (greatest country in the world?) just lets it run roughshod??  Yes, something needs to be done!  

  • 772
    Kevin
    Voted Yes
    03/15/2023

    Someone needs to have oversight... Congress, looks like needs to be you. Please get to work and do the right things for integrity and honesty; our democratic republic depends on it. 

  • 3,379
    Steph
    Voted Yes
    03/15/2023

    Social Media spreads disinformation on a regular basis and it is high time something is done about it!

  • 2,769
    George
    Voted Yes
    03/15/2023

    Lies and misinformation are unacceptable... 

  • 1,894
    Dawn
    Voted Maybe
    03/15/2023

    I think it depends on the circumstances. There should be prevention against identity theft, privacy, etc. But for fun usage? Let's not have a nanny state for this the way some people DON'T want it for other things.

  • 276
    Ralph
    Voted Yes
    03/15/2023

    It's about time that these social social media high-tech operations need regulation. Congress should've acted when the problem became apparent. Freedom of speech is freedom of speech and we don't need high-tech operators telling us what to believe.