- 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.
A document from last year laying out Republican priorities for the committee suggests they should “Scrap 230,” the law that shields platforms from liability for their users’ posts, and start over to create what they see as a less politically biased standard. McMorris Rodgers has also expressed interest in exploring tech impacts on kids’ health, including mental health, in the past.
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