CBS News: Adam says lawmakers need to learn technology to legislate

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., worries the Facebook you see is different from the one he sees. It’s a feature, not a bug, that Facebook’s computer programs use what they know about you to organize posts, news stories and photos just so. That’s to ensure you’ll spend lots of time on its app or website and then come back for more the next day.

But for Schiff, a ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that investigated Russian meddling in U.S. elections, this key issue is the one thing he wishes he could have discussed this week.

Regardless of the struggles, Schiff said Congress realizes it needs to learn more in order to properly consider any rules for the industry.

“These hearings this week have been with the CEO, but of only one company, and predominantly focused on privacy issues,” he said. There are other issues he wants to discuss when it comes to tech.

One is the feedback loop that leads people to read and share certain types of posts, such as political stories from highly partisan sources, that Facebook then serves up to you more and more, which you share even further.

“If the hope is that these platforms can be a force for good and bring people together — but the way this business model is operating is having an effect of dividing us — then that’s something we need to think about,” he said. “The questions is, what obligation do the social media companies think they should take on?”

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