On the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings at present, GOP Sen. Josh Hawley demanded that Mark Zuckerberg stand and face the households whose youngsters have been harmed by on-line abuse — and he did. The Senate listening to was contentious, but Zuckerberg stood and confronted the households watching the listening to: “Nobody ought to need to undergo the issues that your households have suffered, and that is why we invested a lot,” he stated. Mother and father and different relations have been holding up images of their youngsters as Zuckerberg spoke.
For the primary time, 5 main social media platform giants have been in Washington. CEOs of X, Snap, and Discord, Linda Yaccarino and Jason Citron, will testify earlier than Congress. Audio system embody Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, and Shou Zi Chew, CEO of TikTok, who’ve each addressed lawmakers earlier than.
It was reported that all the CEOs exited the room rapidly after the listening to
It was reported that all the CEOs exited the room rapidly and quietly after the listening to — taking no questions and leaving by way of a aspect door. However what sort of laws will it take to cross each homes of Congress? As identified, Washington has been discussing these points for years with nothing executed about it. One notable remark from Klobuchar, “It’s been 28 years because the web. We haven’t handed any of those payments … The rationale they haven’t handed is due to the ability of your corporations, so let’s be actually, actually clear about that what you say issues. Your phrases matter.” — Klobuchar, on the shortage of laws.
Zuckerberg pushed again on Sen. Blackburn’s remark about “Meta’s social media websites are attempting to be “the premier intercourse trafficking web site within the nation.” Zuckerberg: “That’s ridiculous.”
Nonetheless, Sen. Peter Welch, D-Vt stated, “There’s a consensus at present that didn’t exist, say 10 years in the past, that there’s a profound menace to youngsters to psychological well being, to security.” The assertion gave hope to many within the room. After questioning the CEOs about layoffs, Welch famous that it’s “alarming that the reductions have been on these very individuals who have been defending issues (on-line).