Platform Accountability and Transparency Act reintroduced in Senate


The Platform Accountability and Transparency Act (PATA) — first released as a draft in 2021 and formally introduced in 2022 — was reintroduced today (June 8) with minor changes and new bipartisan support. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), would create a program facilitated by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for researchers to request access to certain data from social media companies, and require the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to develop privacy and security protocols for the program.

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