Online giants are feeding children ‘social heroin’, warns former Google Design Ethicist

Social media is like “heroin” for children but Silicon Valley engineers don’t realise as they’re largely in their 20s and childless, Google’s former Design Ethicist has claimed.

Tristan Harris, who left the company in 2016, said that social media companies should have to demonstrate their apps are safe for children, in an interview with The Telegraph.

The 34-year-old, who was recently in the UK advising the government, said the country could also be ‘a model’ for the world if it gets social media regulations right.

Last week it emerged the government has started drafting proposals to regulate social media and tech companies.

The Telegraph is campaigning for a statutory duty of care on social…


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