Health minister Jeremy Hunt unleashed a raging attack on social media companies on Sunday for "blindly scrutinizing emotional issues and mental health problems for children who have unchecked access to their online platforms."
Annoying In a letter to executive executives at Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Google, Hunt says their inability to take protective measures is both "morally wrong" and "unfair to parents."
Hunt says they are inadequate The answers have left him no choice but to consider legislation on cybersecurity. He has also asked the chief physician, Dame Sally Davies, to report on the influence of the technology on the mental health of young people and to recommend healthy limits for the screen time.
In the letter, Hunt tells companies that they are working The ways to check the ages of children who access social media platforms, as well as time constraints and cyberbullying measures are all wrong.
"In particular, the advances in age verification are not good enough … I'm concerned that your businesses seem to be content with a situation where thousands of users are violating their own terms and conditions with minimal age.
" I'm afraid that you collectively turn a blind eye when an entire generation of children is exposed to the harmful emotional side effects of social media prematurely; This is both morally wrong and deeply unfair to parents who are faced with the childish choice of using platforms that they are too young for or excluding from social interactions that the majority of their peers often deal with. Unacceptable and irresponsible for you to bring the parents into this position.
As the NHS went into a growing crisis due to the lack of psychosocial services for young people, the Guardian reported last year that an increasing number of young women were suffering from mental health problems associated with conflict Friends, fears of their body image and being pressured by social media.
Rates of stress, anxiety and depression rose particularly high among teenage girls.NHS data showed that the number of cases in which a girl over the age of 1
Hunt acknowledges in the letter, However, progress in new product development has been made to help parents limit what their children can achieve, but says it is nowhere near m is not enough to convince him The voluntary process to solve the problem works.
He adds that the pioneering achievements of companies are not accompanied by a willingness to protect young people from the negative effects: "Your industry has some of the brightest minds and biggest budgets globally, even though these problems may be difficult, I believe not that solutions are out of your reach, I ask if [there] is sufficient to reach them. "
The Health Minister has long been pressing for action from social media companies in 2016, as he worries about a Growing online culture of intimidation and sexual images raised.
"There is much evidence that the technology industry can really do smart things if they can give their opinion," he said at the time. "For example, I ask myself the simple question of why one can not prevent sexually explicit images from being written by people under the age of 18, if that's a lock parents choose to sign a cell phone contract." He added, "There is a technology that can identify and prevent sexually explicit images from being transmitted [them]."
He also said back then that technology should be used to automatically combat cyberbullying by applying "word pattern recognition"
There are many areas "where social media companies could include options in their software," which could reduce the risks associated with social media, "he added.