The Wall Street Journal reports on tech companies’ use of “dark patterns” to prompt users to agree to actions that benefit the organization rather than the individual. Websites may use bright colors, big buttons and misleading deals to get users to share more information than they originally intended to or to agree to subscriptions. Social media companies may also set up privacy options to the least private settings by default, which forces users to manually change their settings within the platform. A proposed bill from Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Deb Fischer, R-Neb., aims to ban the practice. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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