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10 December, 2022

Stop Fentanyl ads on Instagram, SnapChat, YouTube and TikTok

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Stop Fentanyl ads on Instagram, SnapChat, YouTube and Tik Tok

Snapchat, TikTok, Instagram face pressure to stop illegal drug sales as overdose deaths soar. - WaPo

How big is the crisis of illegal drugs being marketed on social media? Who dies? Who profits? How many drug overdoses are there? Which states have the most deaths? What can you do to help stop corporations profiting from Fentanyl ads?

Stop Fentanyl ads on social media

Snapchat, TikTok, Instagram face pressure to stop illegal drug sales as overdose deaths soar. - Washington Post
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Corporate greed. Public deaths.

This StoryMap explains the scope of the problem, how ads for illegal drugs target teenagers on Instagram, SnapChat, YouTube and Tik Tok; and how Senator Warner's Safe Tech Act proposes to curb the menace of corporate profiting from a public health crisis.

"More than 93,000 people died of drug overdoses in the United States last year, a surge of nearly 30% from the year before.. Illegal drug sales have been a scourge on Facebook, Snapchat, TikTok and other social media apps. DEA Administrator Anne Milgram specifically called out Snapchat and TikTok, two apps that are popular with teenagers and young adults, for  not doing more  to combat sales." -  Washington Post

Fentanyl overdose deaths surge

"More than 93,000 people died of drug overdoses in the United States last year, a surge of nearly 30% from the year before.. Illegal drug sales have been a scourge on Facebook, Snapchat, TikTok and other social media apps. DEA Administrator Anne Milgram specifically called out Snapchat and TikTok, two apps that are popular with teenagers and young adults, for  not doing more  to combat sales." -  Washington Post

"Searches on Instagram, owned by Facebook, for hashtags of the names of drugs — such as #oxy, #percocet, #painkillers, #painpills, #oxycontin, #adderall and #painrelief — revealed thousands of posts by a mash-up of people grappling with addiction, those bragging about their party­going lifestyle and enticements from drug dealers. Particularly troubling was the fact that as researchers followed more drug dealers, Instagram’s algorithms didn’t stop it. Rather, the platform amplified the problem – pushing more drug sellers toward the researcher’s account. -  Washington Post

Facebook amplifies the drug dealers' messages

"Searches on Instagram, owned by Facebook, for hashtags of the names of drugs — such as #oxy, #percocet, #painkillers, #painpills, #oxycontin, #adderall and #painrelief — revealed thousands of posts by a mash-up of people grappling with addiction, those bragging about their party­going lifestyle and enticements from drug dealers. Particularly troubling was the fact that as researchers followed more drug dealers, Instagram’s algorithms didn’t stop it. Rather, the platform amplified the problem – pushing more drug sellers toward the researcher’s account. -  Washington Post

Safe Tech Act

Senator Warner, a former technology entrepreneur and the Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has stated that “Section 230 has provided a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card to the largest platform companies even as their sites are used by scam artists, harassers, and violent extremists to cause damage and injury.”

The core components of the SAFE TECH Act would fundamentally alter the language of Section 230 to no longer offer protection in situations where payments are involved, something previously protected. Also, the new bill would open internet companies to an increased level of civil liability in some cases. The bill would provide victims of the right to file lawsuits against those companies rather than absolutely blocking those kinds of suits. - Journal of High Technology Law

Take Away: Demand your Senator support the Safe Tech Act. It's time to hold tech firms who put profits over deaths accountable.

Deepak
DemLabs

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