Marco Rubio to Question Facebook Executives About Children

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida says he will question executives from Facebook at an upcoming hearing about the social media site’s impact on children and teenagers. He is one of four Republican senators who…

Marco Rubio to Question Facebook Executives About Children

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida says he will question executives from Facebook at an upcoming hearing about the social media site’s impact on children and teenagers.

He is one of four Republican senators who wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg earlier this year requesting more information about how minors are using the site.

The committee and Facebook agreed that hearings would be held in September on ways Facebook deals with its uses of children and adolescents.

In April, the senators wrote to Mr. Zuckerberg, citing a recent Kaiser Family Foundation report about how many people under 18 were accessing the social network’s site, and asking if Facebook is keeping track of that data. They also asked whether Facebook had measures in place to help minors understand the risks of using the site and what it would do if it discovers children are using the site that are not its official partners.

“Too many children are being exposed to advertising, the products of potentially shady businesses and the bad news that we’ve talked about again and again on Facebook,” Mr. Rubio, a member of the committee, said at a news conference Friday. “In America, it’s a direct assault on our system of life.”

Mr. Rubio said during the news conference that Facebook had been able to find 78 percent of children under the age of 16 who are using Facebook.

“That’s pretty grim,” he said.

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