US lawmakers press Big Tech for internal research on kids’ mental health

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Four Republican U.S. lawmakers requested on Tuesday that Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google flip over any research they’ve accomplished on how their companies have an effect on youngsters’s mental health.

The request follows a joint listening to final week of two House Energy and Commerce subcommittees at which the businesses’ chief executives mentioned their content material moderation practices within the wake of the siege on the Capitol in January.

Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the committee’s rating Republican, had requested the CEOs on the listening to whether or not their firms had carried out internal research regarding youngsters’s mental health.

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg mentioned he believed the corporate had, whereas Twitter’s Jack Dorsey mentioned he didn’t imagine so. Google’s Sundar Pichai mentioned the corporate consulted with exterior consultants and invested “a lot of time and effort in these areas.”

In letters to the businesses on Tuesday, McMorris Rodgers requested for copies of any related research or internal communications in addition to info on any contractors and companions concerned. They additionally requested any research the businesses had accomplished about how opponents’ merchandise have an effect on mental wellness of individuals beneath 18 years outdated.

The requests additionally cowl Google’s YouTube Kids service and Facebook’s Instagram, which is growing a model for individuals beneath 13 years outdated.

The different lawmakers who signed the letter had been rating Republicans on varied subcommittees, together with Robert Latta, Gus Bilirakis and Morgan Griffith.

They requested for the businesses to reply by April 16.

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