Snapchat CEO Calls on Congress to Advance Senator Marshall’s Cooper Davis Act Addressing Fentanyl Crisis

Washington, D.C. –  Today, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel testified in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing examining big tech and the online child sexual exploitation crisis. During his opening remarks, Mr. Spiegel reaffirmed his support for the Cooper Davis Act (S. 1080), bipartisan legislation led by U.S. Senators Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Todd Young (R-IN). 

Named in honor of Kansas teen, Cooper Davis, who died from illicit fentanyl poisoning after a purchase made on social media, this legislation would require social media companies to take a more proactive role against drug dealers preying on America’s youth online.

You may click HERE or on the image above to watch Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel’s opening remarks on the Cooper Davis Act. 

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel and Senator Marshall

Mr. Spiegel highlighted the worsening fentanyl crisis in his testimony and stressed the importance of bringing the Cooper Davis Act to the Senate floor for a vote. Ahead of the hearing, Senator Marshall met with Mr. Spiegal to discuss the urgency of passing this legislation. The bill passed the Judiciary Committee last year by a vote of 16 to 5, and is awaiting consideration on the Senate floor.

Other panel witnesses for the hearing included CEOs of TikTok, Meta, X Corp, and Discord. Snap, Inc. is the only social media company to work collaboratively with families of victims, health care stakeholders, law enforcement, and the Biden Administration in advancing the Cooper Davis Act.

The Cooper Davis Act was a collaborative effort with input from organizations representing families of victims, community leaders, law enforcement, federal prosecutors, pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors, health care providers, and the technology industry including Alexander Neville Foundation, Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies, American College of Emergency Physicians, Association of Federal Narcotics Agents, Association of People Against Lethal Drugs, Collaborative for Effective Prescription Opioid Policies, Community Anti-Drug Coalition, Cooper Davis Memorial Foundation, Drug Induced Homicide, Kansas Sheriffs’ Association, Lost Voices of Fentanyl, Mothers Against Prescription Drug Abuse, Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association, National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys, National Association of Counties, National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, National Fraternal Order of Police, National HIDTA Directors Association, National Narcotics Officers Association Coalition, National Sheriffs’ Association, Partnership for Safe Medicines, Snap, Inc., United States Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, Victims of Illicit Drugs, the Western States Sherriff’s Association, and more.