MARIETTA, Ohio- Congressman Bill Johnson of Marietta released statements after taking part in an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Hearing on Social Media Disinformation. Also involved was Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey and Google CEO Sundar Pichai.
Johnson looked back to the internet giants’ humble beginnings saying, we were encouraged at the beginning but as results came in, the concerns began. Johnson said in his statement that surges have taken place in cyberbullying, radical extremism, human trafficking, child pornography, suicides and screen addictions. All with links to social media.
Congressman Johnson says that our nation’s political discourse has never been uglier and that we haven’t been this divided since the Civil War.
Reports from Johnson say that this week, Facebook announced a new application designed for children under the age of 13. Johnson says this opens the door to a new market filled with elementary and middle school students.
Johnson concluded his statements saying that we are allowing big tech companies to get our kids hooked on the destructive products for their own profit.