AI has power to ‘manipulate’ Americans, says Sen. Josh Hawley, advocates for right to sue tech companies

Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) is very concerned about “the power of artificial intelligence to manipulate Americans” and the “facts” that technology gives us on a daily basis.

“I worry about the power of AI to manipulate our attention, manipulate our opinions, manipulate the information we are given,” he said in a recent direct interview with Fox News Digital.

The Missouri Senator, a prominent member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and Law, said, “We’ve already seen these generative AI systems trained on all the information on the internet — these large-scale language models. You can do it,” he continued.

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He added, “You can also train yourself. You can also upload your own sentences and train with your own sentences.”

Hawley said AI technology “can quickly figure out what’s grabbing your attention and what’s appealing to you.”

Senator Josh Hawley has said that the use of AI by businesses and governments is “extremely, extremely dangerous.” (License/Getty Images)

“Imagine companies and governments using technology to get our attention, grab our attention, and manipulate us on all subjects,” he said.

A Missouri senator said the prospect was “very, very dangerous.”

“You have to get the balance right.”

Hawley said power must be put “in the hands of ordinary Americans” in order to “protect information and protect opinions.”

Hawley said there are many things that the state can do to curb the power of AI, saying, “One thing I definitely want to do is give ordinary Americans the right to sue these companies that use AI. It is to give to the [users] somehow misunderstood. ”

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“I think the balance needs to be righted,” he added.

Businesses and governments “will have tremendous power with this technology,” Hawley stressed.

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Hawley said social media companies have “powerful algorithms” that know exactly what every consumer wants “based on clicks and likes.” (Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images)

“We must give more power to every American to say, ‘If they chase me or manipulate me, I will hold them accountable. [and] If I try to cut back on the information available to me. ”

“We’re already seeing that with social media companies,” he said.

These companies have “powerful algorithms” that figure out exactly what individual consumers want “based on our clicks and likes,” he said. .

“If you think adults, especially young people, are having a problem spending so much time online, wait a minute.”

“So imagine the power of AI behind it to keep us engaged, engaged and engaged,” he said.

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“If you think adults, especially young people, are spending so much time online that you think it’s a problem, wait a minute,” he added.

The biggest concern, the senator said, is that these companies have all the power.

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Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) asks questions at a committee hearing on Twitter data security. Senator Hawley is a co-sponsor of a bill seeking to repeal Section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

“We have no power,” he said.

Hawley noted that “anyone who has been censored” knows this first hand, regardless of whether they have been deplatformed or shadowbanned on Twitter.

“Can we sue them now? Is there anything we can do? [and] We have to change that,” he said.

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The way to do that, he said, is to “repeate Section 230, which gives these companies immunity from liability that other media companies don’t have.”

“Should I worry about this for the sake of the election?”

According to, Section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934 protects providers or users of interactive computer services (such as social media companies) from “liability for screening or blocking offensive content.”

In October 2021, Sen. Hawley, along with Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R.T.), Sen. Lindsay Graham (R.S.C.), and Sen. Hawley, passed a bill ( S.2972) was jointly proposed. Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren points out

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During a recent subcommittee hearing, Senator Josh Hawley asked whether people should be concerned about AI interfering in elections, according to his webpage. (Jason Redmond//AFP via Getty Images)

“That’s why we should abolish the special treaties that big tech companies are getting and put power back in the hands of the individual American people and protect their rights,” Hawley continued to Fox News Digital.


At an AI Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on May 16, Senator Hawley questioned witnesses about the potential for AI to infringe on “consumer privacy, the ability to manipulate the actions and opinions of individuals,” Senate officials said they raised concerns that the election poses a “threat to the integrity of the election.” Found on web page.

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According to Hawley’s webpage, Hawley said at the hearing, “I like to think in the context of elections… models that can help predict poll opinions and help organizations fine-tune their strategies to elicit action.” Should we be concerned about “from voters?” ”

He added, “Should we worry about this for the sake of the election?”

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