What You Should Know
For many years, non-profits in the child protection space have been working collaboratively to drive legislation that protects children from predators, child sexual abuse material (CSAM), and sex trafficking. More and more, this illegal activity is facilitated across online, on-device, social media platforms, collectively known as Big Tech.
Why Should You Care
Parents and children are having a moment. The tipping point was created by former Facebook employee Frances Haugen’s testimony at the Senate subcommittee hearing nearly three weeks ago. Last week other Big Tech players such as YouTube, Snapchat & TikTok were called in to testify regarding child protection across their platforms. Let’s be clear: many of us like social media and understand that it can be positive (we are currently using it to reach people and create this movement!). But with great power, comes great responsibility. Simply put: Big Tech is not doing enough to protect children online. The most successful companies of this century are worth billions of dollars and not voluntarily spending enough money protecting children. Since Big Tech isn’t doing the job, this movement demands that our government step in for the people of this country and regulate against child exploitation.
What’s Happening Now
This is the beginning of the public conversation. We encourage citizens to get vocal on this topic. There have been many meetings between advocacy groups and government leaders like Senator Blumenthal, but a powerful grassroots movement on a state-by-state basis will help to ensure that other senators and congressmen understand that this is an important issue. We are adding to this momentum and we believe that we can drive change with the government’s support to regulate Big Tech and protect children.
Parents Against Child Sex Abuse is launching/facilitating a movement that has many organizations lined up, along with media personalities and journalists. We are rallying around child safety, not just sexual abuse, to protect children from all exploitation. We are doing this to make our collective voices heard and noticed; but more importantly, to galvanize parents and kind-hearted citizens to speak up and demand that Big Tech does more to protect children.
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