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The only topic uniting right and left in the United States these days is "techlash": everyone seems to agree that the time has come for federal regulation of digital platforms.Complexity didn't stop the U.S. from creating expert agencies like the Food and Drug Administration and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to protect citizens' safety.Self-regulation played an important role, including through journalism's own transparency norms.The new body could work closely with U.S. competition and privacy authorities at the FTC and DOJ, or be bundled together with them.The DDA would not decide whether online content is true or false, or otherwise objectionable, but would instead focus on systemic vulnerabilities to disinformation. It would enforce democratic accountability by requiring large platforms to have clear content-takedown rules, disclosures for online ads, an appeals process for users, and access for public-interest researchers. The DDA could also direct platforms to allow users to customize the algorithms that populate their newsfeeds.
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