Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley introduced legislation Wednesday that would prohibit video game makers from selling upgrades and bonus features for children’s games. The bill would ban “pay-to-win” apps targeted at children, which pay for upgrades and other rewards even though the applications are initially provided for free. Hawley cited Candy Crush as one of the biggest culprits of leveraging children’s willingness to learn for profit.“When a game is designed for kids, game developers shouldn’t be allowed to monetize addiction,” Hawley said in a press statement. “And when kids play games designed for adults, they should be walled off from compulsive microtransactions. Game developers who knowingly exploit children should face legal consequences.” Hawley, who expressed concerns about Facebook at a May 5 Hoover Institute discussion, believes social media companies have discovered a way to benefit financially by short-circuiting people’s rational thinking. (RELATED: Conservatives Wrestle Over How To Wallop Big Tech As Facebook Conduct Major Content Purge) “There is something deeply wrong with the social media economy. It is a source of peril. Users attention is bought and then sold to advertisers,” Hawley said at the discussion. Facebook effectively uses algorithms and click bate material to hijack its users’ decision-making, he… Read full this story
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