WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) joined Jake Tapper on CNN’s The Lead to discuss their bipartisan Kids Online Safety Act.
The Kids Online Safety Act Is Supported By Hundreds Of Organizations and Over 30 Senators
“We’re so pleased to have the support of hundreds of organizations on this legislation, and we’ve made certain that this is focused on the process and that it is focused on how social media platforms are to perform that duty of care, have that standard. [This is] to make certain that children are, and parents are going to have the ability to exercise what they need to prevent these algorithmic black boxes from pushing their children down certain routes that maybe the child does not want to go.” – Senator Blackburn
With 33 Co-Sponsors Reintroducing the Bill, Bipartisan Momentum in the Senate Is Quickly Growing for the Kids Online Safety Act
Referencing the growing support for the Kids Online Safety Act in the Senate, Senator Blumenthal said: “It’s more than double the number during the last session, reflecting that increased momentum that we see and the diminished opposition.”
We Must Protect Kids, Not Big Tech Companies
“We want to protect kids and also put the burden on big tech, not on parents, to be the police force. Here we are in the midst of a mental health crisis and big tech is in effect, preying on the pain of teenagers having this repetitive, almost addictive content driven to them by the algorithms. And the default ought to be disabling the algorithms so that teens are better protected.” – Senator Blumenthal