Big Tech’s ‘dark patterns’ could be outlawed under new Senate bill

On Tuesday, Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Deb Fischer (R-NE) introduced a bill that would prohibit large internet platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Google from using deceptive design tricks as methods to trick users into handing over their personal data.

The DETOUR (Deceptive Experiences To Online Users Reduction) Act, if approved, would ban platforms from designing, modifying, or manipulating a user interface in a way that impairs users from making educated decisions before consenting and giving companies access to their personal data. The bill would only affect platforms with over 100 million monthly active users.

“For years, social media platforms have been relying on all sorts of tricks and tools to convince users to hand over…

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