New bill would force social media giants to embrace friction — or else

The Social Media NUDGE Act instructs the National Science Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to come up with "content neutral" approaches to adding friction to social media platforms, then tasks the FTC with codifying and mandating those approaches. Laura Edelson, Ph.D. candidate and co-founder of Cybersecurity for Democracy, showed her support: “This research-driven approach to improving online safety is the first step to reducing harm to vulnerable users such as kids and teens, while still putting the free-speech rights of users first.”