There was a remarkable moment this week in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, which is something we don’t say very often. Those hearings are usually a snoozefest. Election meddler and Facebook/Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg was there to testify about child safety on his online platforms, especially Instagram.
The heads of TikTok, Discord, Twitter/X, and Snap also testified. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) actually managed to shame Zuckerberg into apologizing to the families in the room.
Parents from around the country came to the hearing after their children committed suicide, were sexually exploited, or otherwise harmed on social media. They filled the seats in the hearing room, and many were carrying pictures of their teens who have been harmed by social media. Congress is considering legislation to offer further protections for kids online.
We know the social media companies are lying when they tell us they’re doing everything they can to try to protect kids from porn and pervs online. If that’s true, why does it keep happening? Look at how fast they are able to censor something like the Hunter Biden laptop story. But they can’t keep child porn and other weird stuff off their platforms? Liars.
Josh Howley used to be a tort lawyer and apparently, he was very good at it. He figuratively puts Mark Zuckerberg on the stand in this hearing, and shames him into issuing a public apology to the families in the room.