Democrat U.S. Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts called for new laws to "promote algorithmic justice" after Elon Musk bought Twitter and promised to support free speech on the social media platform.
"Elon Musk and a handful of billionaires now have dangerous influence over the most powerful online platforms. They can't be trusted, and self-regulation has failed," tweeted Markey.
"We must pass laws to protect privacy and promote algorithmic justice for internet users, especially for kids," he added.
The phrase "algorithmic justice" refers to bias that enters into digital platforms because of implicit assumptions in the creators that discriminate against minorities and women. Some lawmakers have already called for laws that would hold tech companies responsible for disparities from algorithmic bias.
Critics of the senator mocked the use of the phrase.
"Laws to 'promote algorithmic justice' for the sake of the children. It’s like a parody but from an actual senator," responded Justin Amash the former member of Congress.
"Washington currently has dangerous influence over the most powerful online platforms. And Washington most certainly can't be trusted. So we should be very worried when they promise to pass laws, especially in the name of 'algorithmic justice,'" replied Kimberley Strassel.
"Democrats take any topic, add a few buzzwords, and act like they’ve created a new civil rights movement," said another critic.
"What is algorithmic justice? This nonsensical term is right up there with tree equity. Also where was this vitriol when ever the opposing side was getting silenced through the algorithm?" read another popular response.
Others used the occasion to make fun of Markey.
"Algorithmic Justice, Tuesdays on CBS," joked Josh Barro.
"'Algorithmic justice' is a lesson to all you activists and matchstick men that politicians will say whatever ridiculous shit you come up with. Can't be too far out. Just go nuts. Really explore the space," read another popular response.
Here's more about the Musk Twitter takeover:
Left Can't Handle FREE SPEECH After Elon Musk Buys Twitter | The News & Why It Matters | 4/25/22www.youtube.com