CEOs of X (formerly Twitter), Discord, and Snap summoned to public hearing on child safety online; CEOs of TikTok and Meta also expected to participate

It has been revealed that the CEOs of companies such as X, Snap, and Discord have been summoned to a hearing on online child sexual exploitation held by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Although no subpoenas have been sent, it appears that the CEOs of TikTok and Meta are also being asked to testify at the hearing.

Snap, X, Discord CEOs subpoenaed for child exploitation hearing

Senate subpoenas CEOs of Snap, Elon Musk's X to testify on kids' safety - The Washington Post

Press Release | Press Releases | Newsroom | US Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois online

Senate Judiciary subpoenas Big Tech companies to comment on online child safety | Washington Examiner

Sen. Dick Durbin, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, issue subpoenas for hearings against the CEOs of X, Discord, and Snap. announced that it did. The companies also said they expected Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and TikTok CEO Shou Chu to voluntarily testify at the hearing, based on discussions between the Senate Judiciary Committee and the companies. I did.

According to a joint statement from Senators Durbin and Graham, the CEOs of X, Discord, and Snap are being asked to testify at a hearing scheduled for December 6, 2023 local time. This will give them an opportunity to explain why they were unable to protect the children.

According to Senators Durbin and Graham, X CEO Linda Yaccarino, Discord CEO Jason Citron, and Snap CEO Evan Spiegel all seemed to be 'not very cooperative.'

Representatives for Sen. Durbin said X and Discord refused to allow subpoenas to be served electronically, forcing the senator's office to serve the subpoenas through U.S. Marshals. A joint statement from Sens. Durbin and Graham said, 'After weeks of negotiations and repeated refusals to appear, a subpoena was finally issued.' I am.

'Safety is our top priority at X, which is why we are committed to participating in the Judiciary Committee hearing on online child protection. We have been working hard on this,' he commented.

A Snap spokesperson said: 'Snap's CEO has already agreed to testify at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing and is coordinating with the committee on potential dates to discuss this important issue. 'I am grateful for the opportunity to testify at this hearing.'

Meanwhile, NBC News has also asked Discord for comment, but has not received a response.

In addition, a TikTok spokesperson only commented that they are in discussions with the Senate Judiciary Committee about attending the hearing, and Meta declined to comment.

Companies called to testify at this hearing, including Meta, TikTok, Discord, It has been pointed out that the platform is used in some cases.

In fact, many criminals who commit child abuse use Discord, which is popular among teenagers, to kidnap and sexually assault children . There are apparently 35 cases in which people were prosecuted for crimes such as sexual assault .

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