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

Senator Josh Hawley, R-Mo., is very concerned about the power of Artificial Intelligence to “manipulate Americans and the “facts” they are given from the technology on a daily basis.

“I’m worried about AI’s power to manipulate our attention, to manipulate our opinions and to manipulate the information that we’re given,” he told Fox News Digital in a recent in-person interview.

The Missouri senator, the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, continued, “Already you can see these generative AI systems – these large language models – that are trained on all the information on the internet.” 

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The Missouri senator called the prospect “extremely, extremely dangerous.” 

“We’ve got to redress the balance.”

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He added, “I think we’ve got to redress the balance.”

Corporations and the government are going to have “so much power with this technology,” Hawley emphasized.

“If you think we’ve got a problem now with adults and especially young people spending gobs of time online – just wait.”

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

Senator Josh Hawley

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., asks questions at a committee hearing on data security at Twitter. Sen. Hawley has co-sponsored a bill that seeks to repeal section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

“We have no power,” he emphasized. 

Sen. Hawley noted that “anybody who’s been censored” knows this firsthand, whether they have been deplatformed or shadow-banned on Twitter

“Should we be worried about this for our elections?”

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In a May 16 AI Judiciary Subcommittee hearing, Sen. Hawley asked witnesses about AI’s potential infringement on “consumer privacy, potential manipulation of personal behavior and opinions,” and brought up the specter of AI posing “threats to election integrity,” his official Senate webpage reveals.

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