Social Media Executives to Testify at Senate Hearing

Social Media Executives to Testify at Senate Hearing

( – After months of talk, it appears the hammer might be about to drop on Big Tech companies. Facebook already found itself in the crosshairs of the Senate Consumer Protection Subcommittee after a whistleblower recently revealed troubling information about Instagram’s effect on teenagers. Now the time has come for Snapchat, TikTok, and YouTube to sit in the hot seat.

On October 19, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) announced that representatives from those three social media platforms would testify before the subcommittee on Tuesday, October 26. Committee members plan to question the companies about children’s safety on their respective sites.

Blackburn spoke out about the upcoming hearing, claiming that Big Tech companies prioritize earnings over public safety, which leaves children vulnerable to harm on their various platforms. Continuing, she explained Snapchat, TikTok, and YouTube have played “a leading role in exposing children to harmful content.” She also said TikTok provides its users’ data to representatives of the Chinese government and promotes “explicit and drug-related content” to underaged users.

Blumenthal echoed those concerns. He also pointed to the need for lawmakers to “understand the impact” the three platforms have on children and what they could do to provide better safety for them.

Senators Blackburn and Blumenthal plan to use information gathered from Tuesday’s hearing to draft a bipartisan measure to safeguard children and provide parents with practical tools to protect them.

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