On Wednesday, 5 CEOs from the largest social media and messaging companies attended a US Senate hearing on the impact of social media on children, including X CEO Linda Yaccarino, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel, TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew, Discord CEO Jason Citron. , and Meta Platforms CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The investigation comes after lawmakers accused these companies of failing to protect children from the many dangers that exist on their social media platforms. During the hearing, a tearful Zuckerberg made a direct public apology to the victims' families who attended the Senate hearing. Check out what the Meta CEO had to say in his apology.
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized
According to a DWnews video posted on Instagram, Zuckerberg apologized to the family, saying, “I'm sorry for everything you all went through. It's terrible. No one should have to suffer what your families have gone through, and that's why we've invested so much and will continue our industry-wide efforts to ensure no one has to suffer what your families have gone through. “
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Senator Josh Hawley apologized when Zuckerberg was asked to face the families and apologize on national television. The families in the trial claimed to be victims of the influence of social media on their children's lives. “I'm sorry for everything,” Zuckerberg told families with photographs of their children when confronted.
In response to the testimony of parents who lost their children, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, who chairs the committee, referred to social media platforms and said, “They are responsible for many of the dangers our children face online. Their design choices, their failures to adequately invest in trust and safety, their continued pursuit of profit over engagement and basic safety all put our children and grandchildren at risk.
Meta's CEO, in a blog post, said, “We made a lot of mistakes in building this feature, but even more in how we handled them.”
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