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TikTok, YouTube and Snapchat defend impact on kids at U.S. hearing

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[TikTok] has been attacked on charges its algorithm can serve content to kids, for example, that encourages dangerous weight loss or introduces them to viral challenges that promote the destruction of school property.

Giving young people and children frequent daily applications of an electronic psychotropic delivery system - for profit - is somehow safe? And a good thing?

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So much of the content aimed at kids/teenagers is complete brain rot anyway. At least Youtube does have plenty of informative content if you want it but good riddance to the others.

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So much of the content aimed at kids/teenagers is complete brain rot anyway. At least Youtube does have plenty of informative content if you want it but good riddance to the others.

I couldn’t agree more.

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I'm glad I don't have Snapchat and TikTok!

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"For too long we have allowed platforms to promote and glorify dangerous content for its kid and teen users," she said. "How long are we going to let this continue?"

For once I agree with Marsha Blackburn. I hope she feels the same way about how Facebook allowed the "Stop the Steal" misinformation to spread unchecked, leading to a violent and dangerous attack on the U.S. Capitol.

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Ban all social media !

Let kids (& people) interact the old fashioned way - by talking

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Children don't need this stuff at all, you have no idea what they're doing unless you monitor them

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TikTok, which said in September that it has one billion active users, has fast become a phenomenon among youths and argued it is a different kind of platform.

> Even though I have not downloaded Tiktok;it still serves me up a graphic image concerning sexual activity…

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Over the years YouTube has saved us countless dollars and hours of grief teaching us how to repair cars, plumbing, windows and various household appliances.

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It’s the job of the parents to control what their child consumes. If a parent does t like these platforms, they need to take action instead of screaming for governmental interference in this area of the free market like “conservatives” who constantly play the victim card do.

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Over the years YouTube has saved us countless dollars and hours of grief teaching us how to repair cars, plumbing, windows and various household appliances.

I agree. A cashier at Walmart now knows more than any epidemiologist, thanks to SnapChat.

Those two people in the photo look pretty scary, like they'd do anything for a dollar.

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Gonna have to disagree there. Social media is specifically designed to play on the way the human brain operates to get people hooked on their platform. We're at the point where the AI algorithm will actively change in an attempt to find what works best to get you clicking and hooked on their platform. Then they allow nefarious parties on their platform to spread misinformation and outright propaganda. Teenagers and children are especially susceptible to this type of targeted algorithm.

Don't believe me, try to limit the amount of notifications apps like FB and Instagram send to your phone. It's difficult and the process for doing so is buried deep within submenus. Then after you disable those notifications you're still going to randomly get some whenever there is an app update and the process repeats itself.

Social media has become one of the most dangerous facets of our society and something needs to be done about it.

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