Mark Zuckerberg’s stunning apology at Senate hearing was ‘too little, too late’: New Mexico AG

Mehta boss Mark Zuckerberg’s surprising apology to parents of online child sex abuse victims during Senate hearing was ‘too little, too late,’ says state, which is currently suing the social media giant. said one attorney general.

New Mexico Attorney General Raul Torres, who has accused Mr. Mehta of exposing children to adult sexual material and being a child predator, said on Wednesday that Mr. Zuckerberg told parents “I’m sorry for everything you’ve been through,” he said repentantly.

“Mr. Zuckerberg has appeared before Congress multiple times and has given assurances multiple times about the security of his platform,” Torres told the Post. “Once the spotlight goes out, it seems like it’s back to business as usual.”

In heated exchanges with Zuckerberg, Senate Republicans including Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham each dismissed the safety measures touted by Mehta as ineffective.

Mr. Zuckerberg surprised those at the hearing by rising from the podium and addressing the audience directly, telling parents that “no one should have to go through what their families went through.”

Earlier, Zuckerberg testified that his company spent $5 billion on security measures last year.

Mark Zuckerberg touted Meta’s safety efforts during a heated hearing. TASOS KATOPODIS/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Torres dismissed Zuckerberg’s apology.

“It was clear that members of the committee had lost confidence in the leadership of these companies, and in particular Mr. Zuckerberg,” he said. “I think the American public is skeptical and parents remain deeply concerned about what we found in our research.”

Lawmakers from both parties argued that tech companies should lose liability shields like Section 230, which protects them from being directly sued by victims. Torres said Section 230 was “enacted in a completely different era” and should be removed or “severely” restricted.

The Facebook founder’s apology also comes from advocacy group Fairplay, which supports the bipartisan Kids Online Safety Act that would impose a “duty of care” on social media platforms and other tech companies to protect minors from dangerous content. It didn’t fit either.

Pictured is New Mexico Attorney General Raul Torres. AP

“If anyone still thinks meth can self-regulate, today’s hearing should dispel that belief,” Josh Golin, Fairplay’s executive director, told the newspaper. “Mr. Zuckerberg’s clumsy evasion and mumbled, half-hearted apology make it clear that Congress needs to act and pass the Kids Online Safety Act.”

Mr. Zuckerberg is personally named as a defendant in the New Mexico lawsuit, which is based on a long-running investigation in which state investigators set up test accounts for four fictitious children. . These accounts were allegedly flooded with disturbing messages from adult users, including “pics and videos of genitals” and terrifying sexual propositions.

Mark Zuckerberg turned to the parents who attended the hearing and addressed them directly. Alison Bailey/NurPhoto/Shutterstock

“He doesn’t have to think about these decisions like just an executive. He’s a parent, so start acting like one,” Torres said. “Put in place the same kind of safeguards and protections that he wants for his children and apply them to your business. If he did that, we’d all be in a better position.” Let’s go.”

Mehta did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

As The Post reported, the unredacted version of the lawsuit cited a 2021 Meta internal presentation that said “100,000 children per day were being sexually harassed online, including with photos of adults’ genitals.” are doing.

Mark Zuckerberg was hounded by senators for hours on Wednesday. Getty Images

The complaint includes an exchange between Meta employees discussing the issue of online sexual exploitation on the platform, with one employee saying the company’s inaction was “really, really upsetting.”

The attorney general’s office alleges that Mr. Mehta “knew that a large amount of inappropriate content was being shared between adults and unknowing minors” and that Mr. Zuckerberg was putting children at risk. He claimed to have made a business decision.



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