child safety

Making a video game successful is already hard. Doing so while complying with the growing number of child safety laws and regulations around the world is an almost insurmountable task.…

k-ID launches a solution that helps game developers comply with ever-changing child safety regulations

Under scrutiny from activists — and parents — OpenAI has formed a new team to study ways to prevent its AI tools from being misused or abused by kids. In…

OpenAI forms a new team to study child safety

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Senate hearing with five social media CEOs was a missed opportunity

Five social media CEOs were sworn in on Wednesday for what could have been the most eventful children’s online safety hearing yet. But even with some of tech’s most powerful figures under oath, the four-hour hearing was anti-climactic. The Senate subpoenaed recently appointed X CEO Linda Yaccarino, Discord’s Jason Citron and Snap’s Evan Spiegel to…

2:19 pm PST • January 31, 2024
Senate hearing with five social media CEOs was a missed opportunity

During today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing focused on kids’ online safety, X CEO Linda Yaccarino downplayed the social network’s reach among younger users, when she noted that less than 1%…

X CEO Linda Yaccarino claims company has 90M US users, less than 1% are teens

During today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on kids’ online safety, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel shared that 20 million teenagers use Snapchat in the United States and that around 200,000 parents…

Snap CEO says 20 million US teens use Snapchat, but only 200,000 parents use its Family Center controls

In today’s congressional online safety hearing, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg again pushed back at the idea that businesses like his should be responsible for managing parental consent systems for kids’…

Mark Zuckerberg says Apple and Google should manage parental consent for apps, not Meta

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CEOs from Meta, TikTok, Snap, X and Discord head to Congress for kids’ online safety hearing

CEOs from some of the biggest social platforms will appear before Congress on Wednesday to defend their companies against mounting criticism that they have done too little to protect kids and teens online. The hearing, set to begin at 10 a.m. ET, is the latest in a long string of congressional tech hearings stretching back…

1:40 pm PST • January 30, 2024
CEOs from Meta, TikTok, Snap, X and Discord head to Congress for kids’ online safety hearing

X, formerly Twitter, is trying to placate lawmakers about the app’s safety measures ahead of a Big Tech congressional hearing on Wednesday, which will focus on how companies like X,…

Ahead of congressional hearing on child safety, X announces plans to hire 100 moderators in Austin

Internal Meta documents about child safety have been unsealed as part of a lawsuit filed by the New Mexico Department of Justice against both Meta and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.…

Unredacted Meta documents reveal ‘historical reluctance’ to protect children

Meta has received another formal request for information (RFI) from European Union regulators seeking more details of its response to child safety concerns on Instagram — including what it’s doing…

Meta faces more questions in Europe about child safety risks on Instagram

A newly unredacted version of the multi-state lawsuit against Meta alleges a troubling pattern of deception and minimization in how the company handles kids under 13 on its platforms. Internal…

Meta turned a blind eye to kids on its platforms for years, unredacted lawsuit alleges

Meta announced new parental control tools across Instagram, Facebook and Messenger today. This includes a new parental supervision hub in Messenger, a feature that pre-emptively blocks unwanted DMs on Messenger…

Meta is rolling out new parental control tools for Instagram and Messenger

Snapchat is launching new tools including an age filter and insights for parents to make its AI chatbot experience safer.

Snapchat adds new safeguards around its AI chatbot

The U.K. government has completed a major revision to controversial but populist online safety legislation that’s been in the works for years — and was finally introduced to parliament earlier…

UK confirms removal of Online Safety Bill’s ‘legal but harmful’ clause

The inquest into the death of British schoolgirl, Molly Russell, has concluded that social media was a factor in her demise, the BBC reports. The 14-year-old had viewed thousands of…

Social media a factor in death of UK schoolgirl, inquest finds

A long-running EU engagement with TikTok — initiated following a series of complaints over child safety and consumer protection complaints filed back in February 2021 — has ended, for now,…

After EU child safety complaints, TikTok tweaks ad disclosures but profiling concerns remain

The U.K. is speeding up the application of powers that could see tech CEOs sent to prison if their businesses fail to comply with incoming safety-focused internet content legislation, the…

Tech CEOs to face faster criminal liability under UK online safety law

A UK High Court judge has granted permission for a class-action style privacy lawsuit to proceed against TikTok over its handling of children’s data. The lawsuit was filed back in…

TikTok children’s privacy lawsuit can proceed, says UK High Court

TikTok is making a promotional push in Europe and Australia around a bundle of safety-focused features, some of which it announced in the US earlier this month, and which it…

TikTok pushes bundle of teen safety measures internationally

Last year, former Facebook employee Frances Haugen leaked a trove of internal company documents, which illuminated just how harmful apps like Instagram can be for teens. These bombshell revelations sparked…

Senators propose the Kids Online Safety Act after five hearings with tech execs

Fallout from revelations around teen mental health on Instagram continues — and not just for Facebook. On Tuesday, policy reps from YouTube, Snap and TikTok faced Congress to talk about…

In hearing with Snap, TikTok and YouTube, lawmakers tout new rules to protect kids online

Facebook has quietly published internal research that was earlier obtained by The Wall Street Journal — and reported as evidence the tech giant knew about Instagram’s toxic impact on teenaged…

Seeking to respin Instagram’s toxicity for teens, Facebook publishes annotated slide decks

TikTok is bringing in external experts in Europe in fields such as child safety, young people’s mental health and extremism to form a Safety Advisory Council to help it with…

TikTok calls in outside help with content moderation in Europe

TikTok is facing a fresh round of regulatory complaints in Europe where consumer protection groups have filed a series of coordinated complaints alleging multiple breaches of EU law. The European…

TikTok hit with consumer, child safety and privacy complaints in Europe

TikTok has agreed to re-verify the age of every user in Italy and block access to users who state they are younger than 13, the country’s data protection agency said…

TikTok will recheck the age of every user in Italy after DPA order

The U.K. is moving ahead with a populist but controversial plan to regulate a wide range of illegal and/or harmful content almost anywhere online such stuff might pose a risk…

UK Online Safety Bill, coming next year, will propose fines of up to 10% of annual turnover for breaching duty of care rules

Online child exploitation is a horrific crime that requires an effective response, but this bill fails to meet the challenge and creates new problems of its own.

New bill threatens journalists’ ability to protect sources

Facebook’s messaging app for under 13s, Messenger Kids — which launched two years ago pledging a “private” chat space for kids to talk with contacts specifically approved by their parents…

Facebook fails to keep Messenger Kids’ safety promise

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is considering an update to the laws governing children’s privacy online, known as the COPPA Rule (or, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act). The rule…

The FTC looks to change children’s privacy law following complaints about YouTube

The UK government has laid out proposals to regulate online and social media platforms, setting out the substance of its long-awaited White Paper on online harms today — and kicking…

UK sets out safety-focused plan to regulate internet firms