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New research casts doubt on legislation designed to boost social media competition


Recently introduced legislation hopes to boost industry competition by requiring social network companies like Facebook to make user data portable to other platforms. But a just released report by NYU Law’s Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy concludes that this likely won’t work.  

In their whitepaper “Data Portability and Platform Competition: Is User Data Exported From Facebook Actually Useful to Competitors?”, the authors suggest that data portability is not necessarily a viable path for competition and innovation. 

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