© Reuters.File picture: US Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) asked witnesses during a hearing before the Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights Justice to examine big data, with a focus on Impact on competition
WASHINGTON (Reuters)-Two Democratic senators on Wednesday called for two bills to be voted into law that would restrict the content displayed by children online and how big tech companies such as Google (NASDAQ:) YouTube and Facebook Use their data for advertising (Nasdaq:).
Senators Richard Blumenthal and Ed Markey, both Democrats, are calling for the passage of an update to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) of 1998, which includes raising children who cannot collect data without the consent of the age of 12 Age to 15.
They also urged the passage of legislation that prohibits autoplay settings and pushes alerts designed to attract users to the app and then leave them there.
“Whether your name is Facebook, YouTube, TikTok or Snapchat, these platforms seem to be running the same computer code for misbehaving, endangering children and young people,” said Markey. “Large technology companies have lost trust.”
Blumenthal called for the adoption of these measures within a few months.
Legislators expressed concern about showing children and young people what they say sometimes encourages dangerous behavior, eating disorders, or other types of self-harm.
Markey is the author of the House of Representatives of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA).
Facebook and TikTok did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Google’s YouTube declined to comment.
A sort of Snap Inc The (NYSE:) spokesperson stated that the company “established key security measures directly in Snapchat’s architecture and products, and continued to work hard to strengthen our efforts.” The person said that the company supports “thought-out regulation.”
At the hearing on Tuesday, TikTok, Snapchat and YouTube executives stated that they are trying to create fun and safe online experiences for children and exclude dangerous or annoying content.
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