Social media CEOs ready for Senate investigation on child safety: What to expect

(Bloomberg) — Some of the tech industry’s most prominent and powerful leaders will descend on Capitol Hill on Wednesday for a Senate hearing focused on protecting children online.

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The chief executives of Meta Platforms Inc., Congress has increasingly scrutinized social media platforms as growing evidence shows that excessive use and the spread of harmful content can harm the mental health of youth.

Several bipartisan proposals seek to hold tech companies accountable, strengthen protections for young users, and prevent online sexual exploitation of children. Yet numerous tech trade groups and civil liberties organizations have criticized many of the proposed measures as flawed and counterproductive, arguing that they would worsen online privacy and security if pursued. A handful of social media companies, including ByteDance Ltd.-owned TikTok and META, are facing lawsuits in California claiming the companies were negligent and ignored potential harm to their platforms aimed at teens.

When tech CEOs visit Washington, especially during hearings related to online content moderation, questions from elected officials rarely focus heavily on that topic. It is possible that Wednesday’s session will be about wide-ranging issues. Here’s a look at who will testify on behalf of each company and what they may discuss. Read more: Meta, X, TikTok face criticism from senators over children’s online safety

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