How Privacy Laws Could Help Regulate Facebook’s Algorithms

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How Privacy Laws Could Help Regulate Facebook’s Algorithms

Congressional testimony from a former Facebook employee has sparked outrage over the governance of the company’s algorithms and has renewed calls for regulation of the social media giant. 

Although privacy laws ostensibly focus on data, GDPR in Europe and a set of emerging laws in the U.S. are well-positioned to play an important role in how regulators might govern Facebook’s algorithms. A regulatory action on Facebook could serve as a harbinger for future regulation over media, finance and other technology-driven companies that rely on algorithms and personalization to power their digital experiences.

How Privacy Laws Could Help Regulate Facebook’s Algorithms

The main thrust of the testimony given by Frances Haugen, the former Facebook product manager who shared extensive internal documents with congress, focused on the algorithms used to determine the content users

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