Sen. Richard Blumenthal, AG William Tong hold emergency summit to discuss policing on social media platforms


(WTNH) – Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal and Attorney General William Tong were at New Britain High School for an emergency summit of students, staff, and administrators Thursday.

They are discussing how Tik Tok’s lack of policing on their platform is causing damage to schools and students while disrupting the learning process.

New 8’s Dennis House asked Blumenthal what he hopes to accomplish.

“We hope to impose greater responsibility to protect children, and some of what Tik Tok is allowing to happen on its site like challenges that cause kids to hit their teachers really is unacceptable. So, we hope more responsibility, but the message is I’m going to hear it from parents, teachers, and community leaders, and demand more responsibility from big tech in general,” Blumenthal said.

Last month, a challenge posted on Tik Tok led to students vandalizing restrooms at a number of Connecticut schools.

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