(NewsBroadcast.com) – This fall, after a scathing Wall Street Journal report, the Senate Commerce Committee put Facebook in the spotlight after a former employee leaked information that the Big Tech company knew their product harmed mental health, especially amongst America’s children. Now, other top tech leaders will face the same scrutiny in the coming weeks.
On Tuesday, October 19, Senate Commerce Consumer Protection subcommittee chairman Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) announced there would be a hearing, “to understand the impact of popular platforms like Snapchat, TikTok, and YouTube on children and what companies can do better to keep them safe.”
One American shared more of Blumenthal’s critical words towards Big Tech:
"Recent revelations about harm to kids online show that Big Tech is facing its Big Tobacco moment-a moment of reckoning." – @SenBlumenthal #BigTech #socialmedia #childsafety https://t.co/BHeYNtQMR6
— JK 🤓 (@jenckil) October 20, 2021
The subcommittee plans to grill these executives about their product’s effect on teens’ mental health and what they are doing to combat the adverse side effects of using the platforms. Many studies have shown just how harmful comparison and addiction on social media can be for people, not just America’s youth.
Through these hearings, Blumenthal and Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) hope to impact future legislation to protect children and provide parents “tools to protect their kids.” Hopefully, this hearing will also hold social media giants accountable for the stress, anxiety, and depression in children’s lives, of which their product is a primary contributor.
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