See, last week Google
And the timing couldn't have been more suspicious, given that the framework came
Now, to be clear, Google said it was all for banning personalized advertising for children and teens, and the sale of their data to third parties, but (and there's always a but), lawmakers needed to make an exception for processing of information for "legitimate business purposes."
Whatever that means.
The legislation in New York is just the latest in steps US lawmakers are taking to clamp down on the negative effects of social media platforms. Earlier this year, a group of US senators introduced a bipartisan bill that would require users to verify their age, beyond the customary, ya know, checkmark that tells websites that they are indeed over 18 years of age, with things like an ID.
Google reallllly does not like that one, arguing time and time again (and
Google and a host of other companies also did not like it when California passed laws requiring platforms to assess whether any new potential product or service could harm children. So of course, they sued, and lucky for them, a federal judge
It's difficult to empathize with Google's position, particularly given that the company is one of a handful of tech giants that have overly commercialized the internet, turning it into a cesspool of recommendations for items you may or not want to buy — far from the vision of what the internet was supposed to be (a highway for information sharing). But on the other hand, Google does have a point: who the heck wants to verify their age using their state-issued ID or some such?
Whatever the solution, it will probably play out in court or within Congress.
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