Congress Holds Hearing With Social Media CEOs

February 1, 2024

I’m sorry for everything you have all been through.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a Congressional hearing on Wednesday, addressing families of victims that have suffered abuse while using Meta’s platforms, such as Instagram and Facebook.

Big Picture: The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing with top social media CEO’s, including of Meta, TikTok, and X (formerly known as Twitter), regarding concerns over children’s safety online. The four-hour-long hearing included families whose children have been negatively impacted by issues on social media, such as bullying, addiction, and suicide.

No significant laws pertaining to social media regulation for children have been passed on Capitol Hill so far. One bipartisan bill in the making, however, is the Kids Online Safety Act, which CEOs of Snap and X endorsed on Wednesday.

Read More: Meta, TikTok and other social media CEOs testify in heated Senate hearing on child exploitation (The Associated Press)

Zuckerberg apologizes to families of kids harmed online as Senate grills tech CEOs (ABC News)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas