Linda Yaccarino, CEO of X, speaks onstage throughout Vox Media’s 2023 Code Conference at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, California, on Sept. 27, 2023.
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Lawmakers stated Monday that they’ve issued subpoenas to the CEOs of X, Snap and Discord to compel the executives to testify on a listening to relating to on-line youngster sexual exploitation.
Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., stated they issued the subpoenas to the executives after “repeated refusals to appear during several weeks of negotiations.”
“Since the beginning of this Congress, our Committee has rallied around a key bipartisan issue: protecting children from the dangers of the online world,” the senators wrote in a joint assertion. “It’s at the top of every parent’s mind, and Big Tech’s failure to police itself at the expense of our kids cannot go unanswered.”
The senators stated the Senate Judiciary Committee required the help of the U.S. Marshals Service to personally serve the subpoenas to Discord and X, which they characterised as “a remarkable departure from typical practice.”
“At our February hearing on protecting children’s safety online, we promised Big Tech that they’d have their chance to explain their failures to protect kids,” Durbin and Graham wrote. “Now’s that chance. Hearing from the CEOs of some of the world’s largest social media companies will help inform the Committee’s efforts to address the crisis of online child sexual exploitation.”
Wifredo Fernandez, the top of U.S. and Canada authorities affairs at X, previously generally known as Twitter, advised CNBC in an announcement that the corporate has “been working in good faith to participate in the Judiciary committee’s hearing on child protection online as safety is our top priority at X.”
“Today we are communicating our updated availability to participate in a hearing on this important issue,” Fernandez stated.
Snap CEO Evan Spiegel has agreed to testify earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee, an organization spokesperson stated in an e-mail.
“Our team is coordinating with Committee staff on potential dates,” the Snap spokesperson stated. “We appreciate the opportunity to appear before the Committee to discuss this vital issue.”
A Discord spokesperson stated that, “Keeping our users safe, especially young people, is central to everything we do at Discord.”
“We have been actively engaging with the Committee on how we can best contribute to this important industry discussion,” the Discord spokesperson stated. “We welcome the opportunity to work together as an industry and with the Committee.”
The senators stated they’ve additionally been speaking with Meta and TikTookay. They stated they count on Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and TikTookay’s Shou Zi Chew to testify voluntarily someday within the New Year, a spokesperson stated.
A TikTookay spokesperson stated “conversations with the Committee are ongoing.”
The listening to on youngster security will happen on Dec. 6.
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