In a hearing in the US Senate this Wednesday (31), Mark Zuckerberg, under pressure, turned to the parents of children affected by child sexual exploitation content made available on social media and apologized.
“I’m sorry for everything you’ve been through. No one should have to go through the things your families have suffered.”
The hearing had begun with the showing of a video in which young people reported that they had been victims of sexual crimes on social media. And family members who spoke about the loss of their children and silently held up photos of children and teenagers.
In an interview with the podcast O Assunto this Friday (2), Kelli Angelini, a lawyer specializing in digital education and author of the book “Internet Secrets that Children and Teenagers Still Know”, says she believes that Zuckerberg’s apology “does not It changes a lot about what’s to come.”
“It is not possible to know what the actual intention of the apology is. If there is really empathy with the families who were victims, if there is any intention behind it to reduce responsibility or legislation that holds people responsible.”
What a “opening up” what is happening to children and teenagers on social media in audiences like this, in the USA, fuels debate and discussions on the subject around the worldincluding in Brazil.
“We still don’t have legislation that effectively addresses the accountability of digital platforms in general, especially in Brazil, but the subject is under global debate. […] What is being asked today is the adoption of measures to protect these children and adolescents and, when not adopted, that they be held responsible for the omission.”
For Angelini, it is necessary to address the helplessness of children and adolescents on social media so that they are effectively protected from harm to their mental health and life.
“Today, the scenario is as follows: they [big techs] They are profiting from children and teenagers using social media. It’s profitable for them.”
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The podcast O Assunto is produced by: Mônica Mariotti, Amanda Polato, Carol Lorencetti, Gabriel de Campos, Luiz Felipe Silva, Thiago Kaczuroski and Sarah Resende.