“We understand that they look at the eyes.”
One of the long-running tropes of these hearings is “how much does anyone in the room, including the CEOs and members of Congress, understand the technology at hand?”
To that end, I’m submitting TikTok’s Shou Chew explaining that TikTok doesn’t collect body, face, or voice data to identify users, except when it needs to know where your eyes are for sunglasses filters and the like. To which Georgia Rep. Buddy Carter replied, “Why do you have to see where the eyes are? To see if they’re dilated?
When Chew explained TikTok’s age-restriction process, Carter interjected: “That’s creepy. Tell me more about that.” That’s actually a good summary of the hearing so far.