Joe Biden calls on Congress to “hold GAFA to account”

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Joe Biden calls on Congress to “hold” the GAFA to account

< p class="sc-v64krj-0 dlqbmr">Joe Biden, President of the United States, during a press scrum outside the White House on January 11

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, on Wednesday called on the US Congress to “hold big tech companies to account” and to legislate to strengthen government control over big tech companies.

In a column published on the website of the Wall Street Journal, the American head of state called on elected Democrats and Republicans to unite to strengthen legislation on the protection personal data and minor users as well as to fight against discrimination, sexual exploitation and cyberbullying.

The Democratic president said he was proud of what the tech industry has accomplished but also said he was worried, like many Americans, about how […] this industry collects, shares and exploits our most personal data, empowers extremism [and] puts our children at risk.

Millions of young people are struggling against bullying , violence, trauma and mental health issues, the president insisted. We must hold social networks accountable for the experiments they conduct on our children to generate profits.

Joe Biden recalled having encouraged Congress to legislate on the subject since the beginning of his mandate.

The American president spoke of his government's efforts to protect personal data, to fight online discrimination and to strengthen the means of the American State to sanction anti-competitive practices.

But our current prerogatives have limits, he explained, calling on elected officials to flesh out the legal framework to which tech giants are subject.

After decades of x27; immobilization, several initiatives in Congress have started to get things moving.

In September, a text on competition was adopted in the House of Representatives in order to strengthen the prerogatives of States to sue technology companies and to increase the financial means of regulatory bodies. It has not yet been examined in the Senate.

A bill intended to protect minors on the Internet, supported by elected Republicans and Democrats, has also been tabled in the Senate.

Some of the elected Republicans are firmly opposed to a hardening of the fight against anti-competitive practices on the grounds that the government does not have to encroach on the functioning of the sector private sector and that such measures could stifle innovation.

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