Look into their eyes
The CEOs of META – Mark Zuckerberg, Snapchat – Evan Spiegel, X – Linda Yaccarino, TikTok – Shou Zi Chew and Discord – Jason Citron were subpoenaed before Congress on Wednesday. Behind them stood parents with photos of their children who had encountered something on social networks that had an impact on them.
Republicans and Democrats alike agree that something should be done about this problem. During the four-hour hearing, the principals were questioned and also apologized to the parents who were present in the hall. The photos held up by the parents represented their children who developed eating disorders, self-harm, suicide, or became victims of hard drug use. All allegedly connected to the aforementioned networks.
“No one should have to go through this”
This was part of a half-minute apology from Zuckerberg, who apologized to parents in the lobby after being prompted to do so by Republican Senator Josh Hawley. This was preceded by questions from the aforementioned senator as to whether any compensation had been paid. To which Zuckerberg did not answer.
Social networks are often very toxic. Models on Instagram can drastically lower the self-esteem of children who compare themselves to them. It can lead to excessive strengthening and playing sports, or, on the contrary, to partial or complete rejection of food.
Furthermore, videos mostly on Instagram, TikTok and Facebook can be dangerous. See a live suicide, a car crashing into people and other unpleasant images. This resonates with everyone, not just children. And if one of the children decides to add something to a network, there is a risk that people in the comments will not behave very nicely and not everyone can take it.
There are also sexual predators on these networks who often convince children to send them things that they then use against them.