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A lawmaker wants to end 'social media addiction' by killing features that enable mindless scrolling

Hawley's bill does not yet have any co-sponsors, reported the Hill. Foto: Silas Stein/AP Images

WASHINGTON - The youngest senator in Congress, and one of its toughest crusaders against Big Tech, proposed a bill Tuesday meant to curb social media addiction by regulating the techniques that prolong engagement on the platforms.

Freshman Sen. Josh Hawley's bill, the Social Media Addiction Reduction Technology (SMART) Act, would make it illegal for social media companies such as Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat to use infinite scroll, autoplay video or techniques like Snapchat's "streaks," which reward a user with badges for repeated use...

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