Sen. Warner, Colleagues Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Encourage Competition in Social Media
US Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) led a bipartisan group of colleagues in reintroducing the Augmenting Compatibility and Competition by Enabling Service Switching (ACCESS) Act, legislation that would encourage market-based competition with major social media platforms by requiring the largest companies make user data portable – and their services interoperable – with other platforms, and to allow users to designate a trusted third-party service to manage their privacy and account settings. The Act would increase market competition, encourage innovation, and increase consumer choice by requiring large communications platforms (products or services with over 100 million monthly active users in the US) to:
- Make their services interoperable with competing communications platforms;
- Permit users to easily port their personal data in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format;
- Allow users to delegate trusted custodial services, which are required to act in a user’s best interests through a strong duty of care, with the task of managing their account settings, content, and online interactions.
Warner, Colleagues Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Encourage Competition in Social Media