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The CEOs of Meta, TikTok, and X (formerly Twitter) were questioned by Senators on their efforts to prevent online child sexual exploitation. Reports of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) reached a record high of over 36 million last year. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTipline received over 88 million files in 2022, with most reports coming from outside the US.
The Senate Judiciary Committee called the meeting to hold the CEOs accountable for the failure to prevent the abuse of minors.
During the hearing, Senator Richard Durbin showed a video featuring victims of online child sexual exploitation, and Senator Lindsey Graham highlighted the case of a teenager who died by suicide after being sexually extorted on Instagram. Lawmakers expressed frustration with the CEOs' efforts to address the issue.
"You have blood on your hands," Graham told the CEOs, singling out Zuckerberg in particular.