After failed negotiations with TikTok, Universal music threatened to pull the music from the social media platform. This means that no more TayTay, more Drake and more…all the other artists that fall under his corporate umbrella. Elsewhere, the CEOs of the world’s most influential social media platforms are (sometimes) real the grill of the United States Senate. Although a few senators once again managed to look out of touch and out of their depth. The head of X, Linda Yaccarino, once said the strangest thing, saying that the social network Twitter was a “new company” and was exploring parental controls. Twitter was founded in 2006 by Linda.
As noted, the CEOs of Meta, Snap, Discord, X, and TikTok testified at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s high-stakes hearing on online child abuse. Mark Zuckerberg, Evan Spiegel, Jason Citron, Linda Yaccarino and Shou Chew spent nearly four hours grilled by lawmakers, but we managed to condense key points and social media executives’ responses to them.
The hearing was the first time Spiegel, Citron and Yaccarino testified to Congress. It should be noted that, according to the MPs, all three were summoned by the committee after voluntarily refusing to participate. Senator Dick Durbin, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, noted that Citron “accepted subpoena services only after US marshals were dispatched to Discord’s headquarters at taxpayer expense.”
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