Entertainment Child Protection: After Facebook, Tiktok, Snapchat and YouTube Crown by the American Congress

06:55  27 october  2021
06:55  27 october  2021 Source:   20minutes.fr

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The elected representatives accuse the platforms not sufficiently protecting teens

La sénatrice américaine du Tennessee Marsha Blackburn lors de l'audition devant le Congrès de Snapchat, TikTok, et YouTube, le 26 octobre 2021. © AFP the American senator of Tennessee Marsha Blackburn at the hearing in front of the Snapchat Congress, Tiktok, and YouTube, October 26, 2021. USA - The elected representatives accuse the platforms not enough protecting teenagers

Facebook does not have the monopoly of the anger of elected officials. The spotlights focused on Tiktok, Snapchat and YouTube, also accused to harm the mental and physical health of children by overexposing them to the seemingly ideal lives of other people, as well as inappropriate images and advertisements.

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representatives of these three platforms, ultra-popular with young people, attempted to prove to American senators that they got better than Facebook on these topics, without convincing. "Being different from Facebook is not a defense," said Democrat Richard Blumenthal. "We want a race up, not down."

The hearing above all

This hearing comes a few weeks after the same commission for commerce, the Frances Hauguen alert launcher. According to documents that it made public, Facebook knows that Instagram can harm to the mental health of young people. For elected officials, the race at the hearing is the main drift engine. "More eyes pairs means more dollars. All you are using to add users, including children, and keep them on your applications, "Assan Richard Blumenthal.

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The honorable senator relayed the stories of parents disarmed in the face of the experience of their children on the networks, like this mother whose daughter was "overwhelmed by videos on suicide, self-harm and anorexia because she was Depressed and sought content on these topics ". His peers also questioned the choices of the platforms in terms of minimum age, methods of moderation of content (humans and / or algorithms) and protection of privacy.

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Representatives were defended with flattering comparisons and measures already put in place. "Snapchat was built as an antidote to social networks," said Jennifer Stout, a Vice President of the SNAP Group. Snapchat, frequented by 500 million monthly users, has set the minimum age at 13 years to register on the network.

The application is distinguished from others by being much less open to external content. The (youth) users exchange mainly between them and have access, on a thread of "discovery", media videos and texts, sports clubs, brands, etc.

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Tiktok and YouTube propose versions adapted for the youngest, with specific devices. The version of Tiktok for less than 13 years old does not allow to post videos or comment on videos posted by others. For 13-16 years, the social network prohibits live broadcasts (Livestream) and associates, by default, with these young users a private account, which means that it can only be consulted by persons authorized by the holder Account.

"No finished to hear us"

"We found that people who suffer from food troubles come on Tiktok to talk about it in a positive way," said Michael Beckerman, the public affairs officer of the subsidiary Chinese Bytedance, including a separate version exists in China (under the name of Douyin).

The platform announced at the end of September, having exceeded the billion active monthly users, far behind YouTube and its 2.3 billion users who connect at least once a month (in 2020). Google's video service on its side put forward its efforts to remove the millions of content that violates its regulations.

"Social networks can offer entertainment and educational opportunities", recognized the Commission, in presentation of the hearing, "but these applications have also been misused to attack children and promote destructive acts, such as vandalism. At school, viral challenges that make death risking, harassment, diet disorders, (...) and misappropriation of minors.

Many elected officials want to legislate to register in texts more safeguards to protect minors. "You have not finished wearing us," concluded Richard Blumenthal.

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