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The CEOs of Meta, X, TikTok, Snap, and Discord will testify before the US Senate on child safety::On January 31st, 2024, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, X CEO Linda Yaccarino, and TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew will testify before the US Senate during a hearing on child safety.

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[-] [email protected] 25 points 2 months ago

Cringe. But yes, let's please continue migrating responsibility for child safety from parents to the government and megacorps.

[-] [email protected] 19 points 2 months ago

I think these companies hold at least some responsibility to not push things like hate speech and conspiracy theories at users they know are children. They shouldn't have to make the whole experiment "G" rated, but they also shouldn't be allowed to push things at kids that when confronted about them, the same company states those things break their TOS and shouldn't be on their platform to begin with.

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[-] [email protected] 4 points 2 months ago

Yeah exactly, it should require an extra click to get to porn and outright bigotry shouldn’t be allowed

[-] [email protected] 9 points 2 months ago

4 hours later:

Meta sues FTC, hoping to block ban on monetizing kids’ Facebook data

[-] [email protected] 7 points 2 months ago

Another chapter in the theater of bourgeois justice that never makes the ruling class answer for its crimes

[-] [email protected] 5 points 2 months ago

So... The top men of the top 5 exploiters of children on the web? I'm sure they'll have totally unbiased testimony.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 2 months ago

This is the best summary I could come up with:

Some of the biggest names in tech will testify before the US Senate on January 31st, 2024 during a hearing about online child exploitation.

Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) issued subpoenas for Yaccarino, Spiegel, and Citron earlier this month after receiving “repeated refusals to appear during several weeks of negotiations.” Zuckerberg and Chew voluntarily agreed to testify.

The senators say the hearing will give the CEOs the chance to “testify about their failure to protect children online.”

Meta is currently facing lawsuits from dozens of states over claims it misled the public about the safety of Facebook and Instagram.

Meanwhile, school districts across the US have filed suit against Meta, ByteDance, Alphabet, and Snap, accusing them of running platforms “addictive” to kids.

“We’ve known from the beginning that our efforts to protect children online would be met with hesitation from Big Tech,” Senators Durbin and Graham said in a joint statement.

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