Advocates blast House for holding Kids Online Safety Act ‘hostage’

Zamaan Qureshi, co-chair of the youth-led group Design It For Us, also pushed for quick action on KOSA after Thursday’s cancelled markup — especially given the dwindling legislative calendar. “With such limited time left this year, Congress does not have the luxury to keep kicking the can down the road. It’s time for our Congressional leaders to step up.”

My Father’s Day request: A safer internet in honor of my lost son

The youth-led coalition, Design It For Us, placed hundreds of signs on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol, calling on lawmakers to pass legislation to require Big Tech to put young people’s safety and well-being ahead of profits, and design online platforms for kids, teens, and young adults at U.S. Capitol, West Lawn on July 17, 2023 in Washington, DC.

Politicians aim to regulate social media’s influence on young teens. What could this mean for Gen Z?

Zamaan Qureshi is the co-chair of Design It for Us, a youth advocacy group championing safe social media policy. He echoed the idea of “privacy and safety by design.”

“Even if users under the age of 13 are banned from social media, this does little to stem the threats of harmful design features and the targeting of toxic content many young people are exposed to,” Qureshi shared in an email to E2024.

Virtual Town Hall – Social Media Panel

New Mexico Attorney General Raúl Torrez, is part of a virtual town hall addressing youth and social media Wednesday evening. The event was hosted by NBC News journalist Kate Snow and also included youth social media advocates Emma Lembke and Zamaan Qureshi.

Generation Swipe

ABC News’ Elizabeth Schulze spoke with Gen Zer’s on how social media companies can improve their experiences, as states pass laws meant to protect minors on and offline.

TikTok Attempts to Rein In Weight Loss Posts

Emma Lembke did not know what an algorithm was when she started using social media.

The then-12-year-old was thrilled when her parents gave her permission to join Instagram. She quickly followed all kinds of accounts — from Kim Kardashian to Olive Garden, she said — and was soon spending five to six hours a day on the app. Then one day she searched for “ab workouts,” and her feed shifted. She started seeing 200-calorie recipes, pro-anorexia posts and exercise routines that “no 12-year-old should be doing in their bedroom,” she said.

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