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Top executives from major social media companies, including Meta, X, TikTok, Snap, and Discord, will be questioned about their efforts to combat online child sexual exploitation at a US Senate hearing.

TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew will make his first appearance before US lawmakers since March, facing inquiries regarding the app’s impact on children’s mental health. Chew’s written testimony highlights TikTok’s commitment to making the platform hostile to those intending to harm teens, with strict enforcement of community guidelines against exploitation.


The hearing will also feature Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, X CEO Linda Yaccarino, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel, and Discord CEO Jason Citron. Zuckerberg’s testimony acknowledges the ongoing challenge of protecting young people on social media platforms. Spiegel will discuss Snap’s approach to parental controls, likening them to real-world parental supervision without intruding on private conversations.

This all comes as the committee approved several bills aimed at holding tech firms accountable for child sexual abuse material, with one bill proposing to remove their immunity from civil and criminal liability. Despite these efforts, none have yet become law.


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