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5 thoughts on “Meta, TikTok and other social media CEOs testify in heated Senate hearing on child exploitation

  1. Here you have for profit businesses that provide a product that allows people to exercise a constitutional right. Should those businesses be held accountable when people misuse that product to cause harm or even death. The parallel to firearms is uncanny – except for the bipartisan outrage.

    1. You don’t have a constitutional right to free speech on a private platform.

      Should the platforms be held accountable when they, not end users, are making the choice of what people see and they are designing their product to maximize engagement?

      It’s not as though Facebook or X or any of them just show you the latest content from who you choose to follow. If they just did that, like they did many years ago, I’d be inclined to argue they should benefit from the same protections that phone or cable companies get for their internet traffic.

      I’d argue the better comparison is tobacco companies.

    2. I don’t think minors have the capacity to exercise their constitutional rights appropriately. And because they are meant to be addictive to minors, not sure where the firearms parallel comes from. The app has all kinds of hacks where kids can download and use it on all sorts of devices without parents knowledge-even with controls. A great documentary on this is ‘The Social Dilemma’ that includes Tristan Harris and other founders of these social media companies who by the way do not allow their own children to have social media accounts.

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