App age verification should be Apple’s responsibility – Zuckerberg | Technology

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Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has doubled down on his view that app age verification should be the responsibility of Apple and Google, and not social media companies.

His remarks form part of prepared testimony to Congress, as he and other social media CEOs come under fire for failing to do enough to protect their teenage app users …

Social media companies have come under repeated fire for failing in their duty to protect teenage users from the harmful effects of using their apps.

As we’ve noted before, there have been numerous studies linking excessive smartphone usage in general – and social media apps in particular – to various forms of harm. This includes increased risk of self-harm and suicide.

As we reported yesterday, the CEOs of TikTokSnapDiscord and X are being brought before Congress to defend claims that they are not doing enough to protect kids.

We can expect all five execs to describe the protective measures they have in place, but many feel that existing tools don’t go far enough. In particular, there are concerns about the content being pushed to teens through algorithms and ads.

Meta argued a few months ago that responsibility should be passed to App Stores and parents.

“With this solution, when a teen wants to download an app, app stores would be required to notify their parents, much like when parents are notified if their teen attempts to make a purchase,” writes Meta’s global head of safety, Antigone Davis. “Parents can decide if they want to approve the download.”

The Financial Times reports that Zuckerberg’s testimony to Congress repeats this call.

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