In the UK, there is an proposal to limit what the younger, under 18, population can do on the social media apps Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram. The general idea is to stop “nudge techniques” from unduly affecting young users. Those techniques include things like Snapchat’s streak system, Facebooks likes and the other bits of the social media that feed into reward seeking behaviors to keep its userbase online.
“Any new guidelines must be technically possible to implement in practice, and not stifle innovation and opportunities for smaller platforms,” said The Internet Association UK’s executive director Daniel Dyball.
Not only does the proposed rule target “nudge techniques” but also internet privacy. proposals related to privacy include, giving children choices over which elements of the servace they want to activate. The service then is to collect and retain the minimum amount of personal data. there is also a proposal to turn off location tracking by default after each session and to make it obvious when tracking had been activated.switch location-tracking off by default after each session and make it obvious when it had been activated.
These proposals take to task some of the social media traps we (as in internet using collective) had been letting our young get caught in/tacitly approving of. These proposals might not pass, but if they do, we can expect a lot more power to go towards those wanting to regulate the internet. Find the full story here…https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-47933521