TikTok’s Chew stated, “as a father of three younger youngsters myself I do know that the problems that we’re discussing immediately are horrific and the nightmare of each mum or dad”.
“I intend to take a position greater than US$2 billion in belief and security. This yr alone, we now have 40,000 security professionals engaged on this subject,” Chew stated.
Meta additionally stated 40,000 of its workers work on on-line security and that $20 billion has been invested since 2016 to make the platform safer.
Forward of their testimony, Meta and X, previously Twitter, introduced new measures in anticipation of the fiery session.
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 individuals they already observe or are related to.
Meta additionally tightened content material restrictions for teenagers on Instagram and Fb making it tougher for them to view posts that debate suicide, self-harm or consuming problems.
Singling out Meta, senators pointed to inner firm paperwork that present that Zuckerberg declined to strengthen the groups dedicated to monitoring on-line risks to teenagers.
“The hypocrisy is mind-boggling,” Senator Richard Blumenthal advised the New York Occasions.
These paperwork are a part of a serious lawsuit introduced by about 40 states collectively suing Meta over alleged failures with youngsters.
Below US legislation, internet platforms are largely shielded from authorized legal responsibility regarding content material that’s shared on their web site.
Whereas lawmakers wish to arrange extra guidelines to extend on-line security, new legal guidelines have been stymied by a politically divided Washington and intense lobbying by large tech.
One current proposal is the Children On-line Security Act, or KOSA, which goals to guard youngsters from algorithms which may set off anxiousness or despair.
One other thought would require social media platforms to confirm the age of account holders and fully bar youngsters underneath the age of 13.
“I do not suppose you are gonna clear up the issue. Congress is gonna have that can assist you,” Senator John Neely Kennedy advised the executives.