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New Poll Reveals A Majority Of Americans Want More Government Control of Social Media Companies

The debate regarding whether or not government regulation of social media platforms and companies should increase or decrease often tends to get quite heated. While some think that this would be tantamount to government meddling in the free market, others might suggest that it is necessary given that so many social media platforms, especially the ones owned by Meta, have a tendency to invade privacy and be unethical in other ways.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that the Morning Consult conducted a poll recently that revealed that a majority of Americans, or 56% to be precise, said that they felt like government regulation of various social media platforms was a good thing and that they wanted it to start happening. In fact, these respondents didn’t just respond positively to regulation, they wanted to start seeing more of it.

Another thing that was revealed by this poll was that around 60% of Americans that responded to it felt like social media platforms were failing to keep users safe from the various things that could end up going wrong. Polls like this are intriguing because they can help determine the likelihood that policies can be enacted to help regulate them, as well as the chances of various kinds of legislation being passed all in all.

However, it should also be noted that this survey indicated significant division which is more or less along the lines of American political parties. This divide is something that has stalled legislation from being passed, and it has also resulted in a situation wherein lawmakers are not entirely sure about what changes they should be making in the first place. After all, different people will have different requests and requirements in this regard, and it’s impossible to please them all.

That means that any and all legislation that might just get passed would likely be very broad because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up making it satisfy the highest possible number of people. The problem with that is that it might not fix the issues but would rather be a bit of a band-aid solution with all things having been considered and taken into account and that would be counterproductive to holding social media companies accountable.

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