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Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook, apologizes to parents at a hearing on child safety

<p>In a hearing before the US Senate, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, alongside other top executives, faced scrutiny over the alleged failure of major social media companies to adequately protect teenagers online. Senator Josh Hawley directed pointed questions at the Facebook founder, specifically inquiring about Meta’s actions to safeguard minors from sexual exploitation on its platforms.</p>
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<p>Zuckerberg, under the intense scrutiny of Senator Hawley, found himself compelled to apologize to parents during his testimony. When questioned about personnel changes in response to child sexual exploitation, Zuckerberg tersely replied, “I’m not gonna answer that.”</p>
<p>Further pressing, Senator Hawley asked if Meta had compensated any victims or their families for the challenges they endured. Zuckerberg responded, “I don’t think so.” The inquiry continued as Hawley asked if Zuckerberg had personally apologized to the parents of the victims, momentarily rendering the executive silent. Eventually, Zuckerberg rose and extended an apology to the parents seated behind him.</p>
<p>“I’m sorry for everything you have all been through. No one should go through the things that your families have suffered,” he expressed. Zuckerberg asserted Meta’s commitment to significant investments and ongoing efforts to protect children, emphasizing industry-wide initiatives.</p>
<p>The full video of the session can be viewed here:</p>
<p>In a parallel development, Evan Spiegel, CEO of Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, also issued an apology to parents whose children experienced overdoses after procuring drugs on the platform. Spiegel expressed remorse, stating, “I’m so sorry that we have not been able to prevent these tragedies.”</p>

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