WASHINGTON, D.C. – During her Fox Business Tonight interview ahead of the Senate Commerce Committee markup of the Kids Online Safety Act, U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) lambasted Big Tech for helping online predators surveil children.
Blackburn-Blumenthal Bill Will Protect Kids Online
“The Kids Online Safety Act not only deals with social media platforms, it also deals with these online games. This gives parents and kids the safeguards and the transparency that they need to protect themselves. It gives parents information on algorithms, and it sets as the default—not as an opt-in—to protect these children from content that would cause self-harm, allow predators, and allow these creepy guys online from getting information about these children…What we have heard across the board from people is that your predators, your drug dealers traffickers are all using these platforms like TikTok and Snapchat and Instagram. And they are tracking children. They're collecting this data, and it is imperative to begin to build some protection around this and to hold these platforms accountable.”
Big Tech Is Preparing To Surveil Our Children
“These dangerous platforms like TikTok are taking this information. Basically, they own the ‘virtual you.’ They're building profiles of our children. They're building profiles of future leaders. And they're going to have all of this information. Then, what are they going to do? They're going to come back around, and they're going to try to blackmail today's children when they're adults in decades yet to come.”