WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Ranking Member and Chair of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security, will convene a hearing on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 10:00 AM titled “Protecting Kids Online: Snapchat, TikTok, and YouTube.” Representatives from Snapchat, TikTok, and YouTube will testify at the hearing.
“Big tech companies continue to prioritize profit over safety and, in doing so, are harming children online,” said Blackburn. “TikTok, Snapchat, and YouTube all play a leading role in exposing children to harmful content. TikTok is an especially egregious offender, both because they make the personal information of all TikTok users available to the communist Chinese government, and because the app pushes sexually explicit and drug-related content onto children. I look forward to standing alongside Senator Blumenthal as we continue to push these companies to better protect children from these dangerous situations.”
“Recent revelations about harm to kids online show that Big Tech is facing its Big Tobacco moment—a moment of reckoning,” said Blumenthal. “We need to understand the impact of popular platforms like Snapchat, TikTok, and YouTube on children and what companies can do better to keep them safe. The bombshell reports about Facebook and Instagram—their toxic impacts on young users and lack of truth or transparency—raise serious concerns about Big Tech’s approach toward kids across the board. I look forward to this next hearing in the series I am holding with Senator Blackburn leading to legislation that safeguards children and provides parents with tools to protect their kids.”
Next Tuesday’s hearing will be the fourth in a series of bipartisan hearings spearheaded by Blackburn and Blumenthal to inform legislation and prompt action by social media companies to address harms and dangers faced by children online.