Sarbanes Encourages Social Media Companies to Consider Impact on Children’s Health [VIDEO]

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October 20, 2021
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Subcommittee on Health Vice Chair John Sarbanes (D-Md.) called for social media companies to consider the impact on children in their design and the launch of any new tools.

During the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee hearing, “Enhancing Public Health: Legislation to Protect Children and Families,” Sarbanes focused on the need for social media companies to demonstrate the precautions they are taking to safeguard the health and wellbeing of young Americans.

“We certainly know that the internet and the digital revolution have created vital tools for innovation, creativity, economic growth – both for individuals and communities obviously,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “But we also know that it has created a lot of new considerations around safety and health that we have to address.”

Congressman Sarbanes continued, “I’m often discussing the use of media, particularly social media, in the context of protecting our democracy and safeguarding our elections and things of that nature, but I’m also super concerned about the effects that social media is having on our children’s wellbeing. We know the topic is getting a lot of attention – increasingly now, which is good, but it means we really have to wrestle with what are the solutions.”

See below for a video for the Congressman’s full remarks.

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