A United States government commission has summoned the CEOs of major social media platforms to elucidate their efforts in combating online child sexual abuse. Senators Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham express their dissatisfaction with the current performance of Meta, the parent company of Facebook, as well as TikTok and others, characterizing it as wholly inadequate and indicative of a “crisis.”
In addition to Meta and TikTok, the heads of X, Discord, and Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, have also been called to testify on December 6. Senators Durbin and Graham underscore the urgency of addressing the failure of Big Tech in protecting children. They assert that accountability is paramount, particularly when it comes to safeguarding the well-being of our youth.
This call for accountability aligns with the recent actions taken by the European Commission, which announced an investigation into the child protection policies of major platforms, including Meta, Snap, YouTube, and TikTok. The focus on shielding children from illegal content is a shared concern globally, emphasizing the need for concerted efforts in ensuring online safety for the younger generation.
About the author: Wesley C Waldo
Wesley C Waldo, a promising writer who is preparing to publish his first novel in 2023. Travels a lot and collects the clues for a new book. He writes on social topics, sometimes describes an event or two.