Just as there are numerous ways Facebook has caused trouble in the world – allowing the spread of misinformation, doing little to block hate speech, stirring up resentment and division, harming teens’ well-being – there are quite a few ideas about what to do about it.

Politicians on the right have called for revoking Section 230, the law that shields social media companies from legal consequences for the content their users post. Politicians on the left have called for breaking up Facebook and the other Big Tech giants.

We asked three scholars who study social media from different perspectives to spell out their top priority for congressional action on Facebook. True to form, Michigan State’s Anjana Susurla, University of Washington’s Ryan Calo and Tuft’s Bhaskar Chakravorti offer three very different ways Congress could take advantage of the growing pressure to rein in Facebook.

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Congress has asked many questions of Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg but has done little to regulate Facebook. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

3 ways Congress could hold Facebook accountable for its actions

Anjana Susarla, Michigan State University; Bhaskar Chakravorti, Tufts University; Ryan Calo, University of Washington

Pressure is mounting on Congress to take action on Facebook. Our panel of experts offers their top priorities: user control of data, banking-like oversight and resources to close the digital divide.

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