Mark Zuckerberg has apologized to victims and their families harmed by his social media sites, including teens who were sexually harrased online and even those who resorted to committing suicide due to bullying from his platforms.
Zuckerburg was confronted during a contentious Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the detrimental effects his platforms have on children and teenagers, in the wake of families and victims voicing concerns on a number of issues, including sexual predators, mental health and the addiction caused by social media.
Republican Josh Hawley, who accused Zuckerberg’s platforms of “killing people,” asked him if he had compensated the victims and their families, to which Zuckerberg replied, “I don’t think so.”
After being compelled to apologize, Zuckerberg said, “I’m sorry for everything you have all been through. No one should go through the things that your families have suffered,” citing that his company will continue investing in “industry-wide efforts” to shield young people, referring to Meta’s parental control tools, which seeks to limit the content children see online.
Meta’s platforms, owned by Zuckerberg, consist of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. The apps have repeatedly failed to protect minors with legal documents showing that around 100,000 underage users face sexual abuse on Facebook and Instagram daily.
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