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I think many Americans think services like Facebook and Google are free they're not free at all %HESITATION there , draining information out of you and then selling that on the market place that was democratic senator mark Warner who is working with Republican deb Fischer to ban social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter from tricking consumers into giving up their personal data a bill they introduced this week tackles a technique known as dark patterns this is where social media and other entities use frankly disruptive and deceptive practices Dickey was a user to do things that you might not otherwise , misleading props to just click the OK button can often transfer your contacts messages browsing data photos or location information without you even realizing it the proposed legislation is part of a rising tide of proposed regulation on social media much of it focused on hate speech just this week the U. K. propose fines for failing to black damaging content such as terrorist propaganda or images of child abuse while Australia proposed sweeping regulations threatening huge fines for social media companies in jail for their executives if they fail to rapidly remove and horrid violent material from the platforms new restrictions particularly on how social media companies collect consumer data could cost tech giants millions in advertising dollars each year something senator Warner thinks may not be such a bad thing I think we need to make sure as consumers we know how much information is being collected and how much information may be worth , to the Facebook or the mobile so there might be new companies that could then come in and maybe disrupt %HESITATION some of these tech giants besides regulating dark patterns the bill would also ban online platforms with more than one hundred million monthly active users from designing addictive games for children under the age of thirteen and would bar companies from choosing groups of people but behavior %HESITATION experiments unless the companies get informed consent