Senator Lindsey Graham slams Mark Zuckerberg for ‘having a product that is killing people’ as Facebook boss claims ‘there is NO LINK between social media and negative mental health’: ‘You have blood on your hands’

Senator Lindsey Graham slams Mark Zuckerberg for ‘having a product that is killing people’ as Facebook boss claims ‘there is NO LINK between social media and negative mental health’: ‘You have blood on your hands’

Social media bosses had been advised ‘you’ve blood in your fingers’ as they confronted a grilling on the hazards their platforms deliver to youngsters.

The heads of social media giants Fb, TikTok, Twitter, and Snapchat are being grilled by the US Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington.

Meta chief govt Mark Zuckerberg was sworn in alongside the 4 different tech titans earlier than lawmakers on Wednesday.

‘The prevailing physique of scientific work has not proven a causal hyperlink between utilizing social media, and younger folks having worse psychological well being outcomes,’ he claimed in his opening remarks.

Twitter’s Linda Yaccarino, TikTok chief govt Shou Zi Chew, Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel and Discord’s Jason Citron will even give proof. 

Senator Lindsay Graham started the session with a stirring rebuke of all 5 tech bosses, accusing their platforms of killing younger folks, however zeroed in on Meta.

Bosses of social media giants Fb , TikTok , Twitter , and Snapchat are being grilled by Congress on the hazards their platforms deliver to youngsters

Senator Lindsay Graham began the session with a stirring rebuke of all five tech bosses, accusing their platforms of killing young people

Senator Lindsay Graham started the session with a stirring rebuke of all 5 tech bosses, accusing their platforms of killing younger folks

‘Mr Zuckerberg, you and the businesses earlier than us, I do know you do not imply it to be so, however you’ve blood in your fingers,’ he stated.

‘You could have a product that is killing folks. Once we had cigarettes that had been killing folks, we did one thing about it – perhaps not sufficient.

‘You gonna speak about weapons, we’ve the ATF… [but] nothing right here, there’s not a rattling factor anyone can do about it (social media), you may’t be sued.’ 

Senator Graham stated inner Meta emails confirmed Zuckerberg was warned in regards to the risks of his apps, however determined to not rent 45 folks to ‘do a greater job of policing this’. 

‘So the underside line is you may’t be sued. You have to be, and these emails can be nice for punitive damages, however the courtroom’s closed to each American abused by all the businesses in entrance of me,’ he continued.

He stated social media was the final business he would give blanket immunity from legal responsibility to, and it was time to repeal legal guidelines that did so. 

The tech chieftains have been convened by the US Senate Judiciary Committee the place they are going to be requested in regards to the results of social media in a session titled ‘Huge Tech and the On-line Little one Sexual Exploitation Disaster’.

Families hold up photos of victims of child exploitation  and suicide in the audience behind the five tech bosses

Households maintain up photographs of victims of kid exploitation  and suicide within the viewers behind the 5 tech bosses

The listening to might be grueling for executives confronting political anger for not doing sufficient to thwart on-line risks for youngsters, together with from sexual predators.

‘There are not any instruments to carry the corporate accountable. As an alternative, survivors and advocates are left to plead with these corporations to decide on security over revenue,’ stated US Senator Dick Durbin, who heads the judiciary committee.

Zuckerberg stated he was pleased with the work his groups did to enhance on-line little one security, not simply on our companies however throughout the complete web.

Shou claimed the common of American TikTok customers was greater than 30, however admitted many youngsters used the platform. 

Forward of their testimony, Meta and X, previously Twitter, introduced new measures searching for to fulfill any political pushback.

Meta, which owns the world’s main platforms Fb and Instagram, stated it could block direct messages despatched to younger teenagers by strangers.

By default, teenagers underneath age 16 can now solely be messaged or added to group chats by folks they already observe or are linked to.

Meta additionally tightened content material restrictions for teenagers on Instagram and Fb making it more durable for them to view posts that debate suicide, self-harm or consuming problems.

Extra to come back. 

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