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“You Have Blood on Your Hands”: Tech CEOs Grilled by the Senate About Their Role in the Mental Health Crisis

“You Have Blood on Your Hands”: Tech CEOs Grilled by the Senate About Their Role in the Mental Health Crisis

During four hours of hearings on Wednesday, U.S senators made one thing clear: tech companies need to be held responsible for not protecting young users from harm.

Five major tech company executives were grilled at the hearing: Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel, X (formerly Twitter) CEO Linda Yaccarino, TikTok CEO Shou Chew and Discord CEO Jason Citron. Lawmakers accused each executive of facilitating child sexual abuse online, suggesting the companies are partly to blame for the deaths of children who have suffered from bullying and predatory users.

In his opening remarks, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham told tech CEOs, “You have blood on your hands.”

“I’m sorry for everything you have all been through,” he said. “No one should go through the things that your families have suffered, and this is why we invest so much and we are going to continue doing industry-wide efforts to make sure no one has to go through the things your families have had to suffer.”

Spiegel also apologized specifically to families whose children died after they purchased drugs on Snapchat.

“I’m so sorry that we have not been able to prevent these tragedies,” Spiegel said.

However, despite both parties not holding back on going for tech CEOs’ throats, Congress has yet to pass any legislation that would regulate social media companies. In the last decade, the only action taken by Congress to protect kids’ safety online addressed online child sex trafficking. Most of the action, if at all, has taken place in state legislatures and in the courts.

“I am tired of talking. I’m tired of having discussions. Open up the courthouse door. Until you do that, nothing will change. Until these people can be sued for the damage they’re doing, it is all talk,” Graham said.

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