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Social media giants pressed to enhance child safety measures

In a recent development, top executives from five leading social media platforms faced severe criticism from US lawmakers. The Senate Judiciary Committee, comprising 21 members, expressed their disappointment over the companies’ inability to safeguard children from online sexual predators and mental health issues.

The committee summoned the CEOs of Meta Platforms Inc., X, Snap Inc., Discord Inc., and TikTok to Washington. The objective was to hold these tech giants accountable for the impact of their platforms on teenagers and children.

Senator Lindsey Graham, the leading Republican on the committee, warned, “These companies must be reined in, or the worst is yet to come.” He singled out Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, accusing him of having “blood on his hands.” He narrated a harrowing tale of a child who fell victim to sexual exploitation, attributing the blame to Zuckerberg’s product. His remarks were met with applause and cheers from advocates in the packed hearing room.

Congress has been under increasing pressure to respond to the growing evidence of the spread of child sexual abuse material online. Critics argue that tech companies have failed to protect children from predators. Concerns have also been raised about the impact of social media use on the mental health of young people.

TikTok and Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, are currently facing lawsuits in California. The companies are accused of negligence and ignoring the potential harm their platforms pose to teenagers. The events highlight the urgent need for social media companies to take robust measures to improve online safety for children.


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