Inquiry finds children being pushed to brink by social media bullying; tech giants doing little

SOCIAL media tech giants had failed to effectively tackle cyber-bullying, offering only “tokenistic” attempts to stamp it out and failing to be accountable, an investigation has found.

According to a UK parliamentary-led probe the shortcomings were putting youngsters’ mental health at risk with more than a third of children reporting a negative impact on how they feel about themselves.

But the platforms including Google, Facebook and Twitter denied the claim and told the inquiry it was taking their responsibilities seriously.

The UK inquiry findings comesas the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission begins its inquiry into how these platforms harvest people’s personal data to push the sale of targeted advertising and content.

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