Cameron, other AGs support hearings on youth use of social media
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Attorney General Daniel Cameron has joined a bipartisan coalition of 52 attorneys general to send a letter to Congress expressing support for the Congressional hearings to investigate concerns about the exploitation of young people through social media platforms.
“Our office is dedicated to protecting Kentucky’s youngest citizens, and to do so in today’s world, it is imperative that we remain involved in conversations regarding social media use and platform policies. social media, ”Cameron said. “The Congressional hearings are an important step to better understand how social media platforms interact with their younger users and to ensure that these platforms do not take advantage of it.”
Earlier this year, Cameron joined 44 attorneys general in sending a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the parent company of Instagram, urging the company to drop plans to launch a version of Instagram targeting children under 13.
Last week, ahead of the Congressional hearings, Facebook announced its intention to “suspend” the project.
In its letter to Congress, the bipartisan coalition writes that “Facebook and other social media platforms understand that their business models require increasing the time children spend on their platforms to maximize monetization.
This prompts social media companies to design their algorithms and other features to psychologically manipulate young users in a state of addiction to their cell phone screens.