1 Feb 2024

 'I'm sorry': Mark Zuckerberg apologises for harm on Facebook + Instagram

From Nine To Noon, 9:05 am on 1 February 2024

US senators have been grilling the chief executives of five of the world's most popular social media firms in a hearing in Washington DC, over concerns they've failed to do enough to keep children safe online.

The heads of Meta, TikTok, X, Snap and Discord faced questions by the Senate Judicial Committee, marking the latest effort by US lawmakers to address the concerns of parents and mental health experts that social media companies put profits over ensuring platforms do not harm children.

Today, there was an extraordinary apology from Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg to the parents of young victims of social media bullying and exploitation. 

Kathryn speaks to Naomi Nix, a Washington Post staff writer who was following today's events.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 31: Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on January 31, 2024 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony from the heads of the largest tech firms on the dangers of child sexual exploitation on social media.   Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by ALEX WONG / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

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