Critics dismiss new Big Tech child protection concessions ahead of hearing with CEOs

The efforts by Big Tech companies in recent weeks to add protections for teenagers and minors have failed to mollify critics on Capitol Hill ahead of a high-profile hearing this week.

The CEOs of Meta, X, TikTok, Snap, and Discord are scheduled to appear on Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where they will have to address the effects that their apps have had on what the committee has termed the “Online Child Sexual Exploitation Crisis.”

Some companies, including Meta and X, have responded in recent weeks to the scrutiny from Congress by offering new privacy policies and expanding their teams to address problematic content. But these changes are not sufficient in the eyes of some skeptics in Congress. 

Meta’s changes are “failing to address the online safety issues,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) told
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