Findings of Senate hearing with tech CEOs on online child safety
“I’m sorry for everything you’ve gone through,” Mr. Zuckerberg said. “No one should have to go through the things that your families have gone through.” He said his company is working so that no one else has to do the same, and did not elaborate on Meta's role.
The leaders of Meta and TikTok created the most uproar.
Although executives from Meta, Snap, Discord, Spent in. Senators questioned both men about the number of incidents of abuse on their platforms.
Two of the five CEOs agreed to support the Kids Online Safety Act.
Snap Chief Executive Evan Spiegel and Linda Yaccarino, who leads X, both agreed to support the Kids Online Safety Act, or COSA. The proposed legislation would require online services such as social media networks, video game sites and messaging apps to take “reasonable” steps. “Measures to prevent harm to minors who use their platforms, including online bullying, harassment, sexual exploitation, anorexia, self-harm, and predatory marketing.” Mr. Zuckerberg, Mr. Chew and Discord Chief Executive Jason Citron expressed their support. Not promised, some argued that it was demonstrably helpful but included some overly broad restrictions that might conflict with free speech issues.
TikTok faced criticism over its relations with China.
Because of ByteDance's Chinese ownership, lawmakers repeatedly pressed Mr. Chew about TikTok's ties to the Chinese government. Mr Chew, who was born in Singapore and still lives there with his three children, was asked whether he held a Chinese passport or had ever applied for Chinese citizenship. (Although he had lived in Beijing for five years, he had not.) He was also questioned about the progress of TikTok's billion-dollar plan to freeze sensitive US user data.
Even after years of debate, no bill was passed.
Despite years of public outcry against Big Tech, no meaningful legislation has advanced through Congress to be signed into law.
sapna maheshwari Contributed reporting from New York.