Social media has become deeply embedded in our lives. Many people from seven to seventy use social media. However, this situation also brought with it some problems. While social media poses dangers even for adults, this situation is more dangerous for children. The CEOs of social media giants Meta, X, TikTok, Snapchat and Discord will testify before the Senate on online child safety. Here are the details…
Social media giants will testify in front of the Senate!
The negative impact of social media on the mental health of children and young adults has become undeniable. This has led to growing concerns from parents and lawmakers. CEOs of social media giants Meta, TikTok, Snapchat, Discord and X will testify before the US Senate.
Not all social media platforms are willing to testify about child safety. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew are willing participants. Snap CEO Evan Spiegel, Discord CEO Jason Citron, and X CEO Linda Yaccarino decided to testify after the subpoena.
Sen. Dick Durbin, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, ranking member; Snap released a statement expressing their disappointment that the CEOs of Discord and X rejected the subpoenas. Additionally, US police officers visited their offices to serve the document to the Discord CEO.
Judiciary Committee chairman Senator Dick Durbin and ranking member Senator Lindsey Graham made a statement on this issue. In their statement; ”They are eventually forced to admit their failures when it comes to protecting children. Now that all five companies have collaborated, we look forward to hearing from their CEOs. “Parents also demand immediate action for the children,” he said.
The Judiciary Committee has focused heavily on this issue. He also called on platforms to take more responsibility for protecting children. He has, however, passed bills that would force improve reporting of online child sexual abuse. The hearing with the CEOs of five tech giants was originally scheduled for December. However, the hearing was postponed until January 31, 2024.