2023-01-25 21:55:30

Snapchat's role in fentanyl crisis probed during House roundtable: 'It's a Snap-specific problem'

By Lauren Feiner

Key Points

  • House lawmakers considered the role of social media, and specifically Snap-owned Snapchat, in propagating the fentanyl poisoning crisis in a roundtable Wednesday.
  • The event in the House Energy and Commerce Committee could set the stage for new proposals to protect kids on the internet or limit the liability protections for online platforms.
  • The committee's new Republican leader Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., has indicated that under her stewardship, the panel will seek to significantly narrow liability protections for tech platforms and in the past she's expressed interest in protections for kids online.

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Steve Filson (L), whose daughter Jessica Filson died in January 2020 of fentanyl poisoning, and Amy Neville (R), whose son Alexander Neville died in June 2020 at the age of 14 of fentanyl poisoning, march with family and friends to protest outside of the Snap, Inc. headquarters, makers of the Snapchat social media application, on June 4, 2021 in Santa Monica, California.

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