Thoughts on this? The debate has been fueled by the recent Senate discussion about Russian manipulation of the US election results.
From Financial Times:
Why we need to regulate tech platforms
Big tech companies should be required to keep audit logs of the data they feed into their algorithms. "A recurring pattern has developed [...] in which some entity complains about a major internet company's practices, the company claims that its critics don't understand how its algorithms sort and rank content, and befuddled onlookers are left to sift through rival stories in the press."
Complexity (or the illusion of it) is too often used to avoid legitimate public interest questions, such as how propagandists get their messages across, or how users are tracked and valued. Companies should help us understand all this.
Would government regulation of the industry be beneficial for our society? Or would it just make it more difficult for upstarts to break into the industry?