The bosses of the five tech giants Meta, Both Democratic and Republican politicians believe that companies are doing too little to protect minors from sexual exploitation. What was remarkable was the expression of regret that Mark Zuckerberg, the head of Facebook and Instagram, made there.
For almost four hours, Mark Zuckerberg of Meta (Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp), Linda Yaccarino of the grid was laid, who took a stand against the five company directors. “There is currently no instrument to hold these companies accountable. Instead, ‘survivors’ and their advocates limit themselves to pleading to put safety over profit,” said committee chairman and Senator Dick Durbin.
Zuckerberg stated that Meta has already made many efforts to improve security. “We employ a total of approximately 40,000 people responsible for safety, and we have invested more than $20 billion since 2016.” According to Zuckerberg, his network also does more than legally required in the fight against pedophile crime.
But the senators point to the group’s internal documents showing that Zuckerberg has refused to strengthen the teams responsible for exposing existing risks to adolescents.
The level of hypocrisy is staggering,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal. Lindsey Graham accused the Meta boss of having “blood on his hands. (…) Your product is killing people.” A report from Stanford University shows that Instagram is the main platform used by pedophiles to spread child abuse images.
Video footage of victims’ testimonies was also shown in the Senate committee. During his hour-long interrogation, Zuckerberg turned to the room where the parents of victims had gathered. “I apologize for what you have had to go through. It’s terrible,” he said. “No one should have to go through things like your families. That’s why as an industry we do everything we can to avoid things like this.”
Linda Yaccarino, who took over the role of CEO at X last year, expressed her support for a change in the law (STOP CSAM) that would allow victims of pedosexual abuse to sue social media companies. “As a mother, I share the sense of urgency. It is time for a national standard that punishes the sharing of such material.” She did point out that her platform is not widely used by children and young people.