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Takeaways from Senate Hearing with Tech CEOs on Child Online Safety| GuyWhoKnowsThings

“I'm sorry for everything you've been through,” Zuckerberg said. “No one should have to go through the things their families have suffered.” He said his company was working so no one else would have to and didn't address Meta's role.

Although all executives from Meta, Snap, Discord, center of attention. Senators questioned the two men about the number of incidents of abuse on their platforms.

Snap CEO Evan Spiegel and X CEO Linda Yaccarino have agreed to support the Children's Online Safety Act, or KOSA. The proposed law would require online services such as social networks, gaming sites and messaging apps to take “reasonable” measures. measures” to prevent harm, including harassment, sexual exploitation, anorexia, self-harm and predatory online marketing, to minors who use their platforms. Zuckerberg, Chew and Discord CEO Jason Citron did not pledge their support, with some arguing that it was directionally useful but contained some overly broad restrictions that may conflict with free speech issues.

Lawmakers repeatedly pressed Chew about TikTok's ties to the Chinese government, thanks to ByteDance being Chinese owned. Mr Chew, who was born in Singapore and still lives there with his three children, was asked if he had a Chinese passport or if he had ever applied for Chinese citizenship. (He hadn't, although he lived in Beijing for five years.) He was also asked about the progress of TikTok's multibillion-dollar plan to lock down U.S. users' sensitive data.

Despite years of publicly railing against Big Tech, no significant legislation has passed through Congress to become law.

Sapna Maheshwari contributed reporting from New York.

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