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Meta Faces Investigation for Facilitating Drug Transactions Online

Feds probe Meta (Facebook, Instagram) for possible role in illegal drug sales. Meta says they fight drug content


Federal prosecutors have initiated an investigation into Meta Platforms Inc., focusing on the potential role its services, including and , may play in facilitating and potentially profiting from illegal drug transactions. According to reports from the Wall Street Journal citing unnamed sources, subpoenas were dispatched to Meta last year, requesting records related to content that violates drug policies and the illicit sale of drugs through Meta's platforms.

Meta's Response and Cooperation

Meta has publicly stated its stance against the sale of illicit drugs on its platforms, emphasizing its commitment to removing such content in compliance with its policies. A spokesperson for Meta communicated to the Wall Journal that the company actively works to identify and eliminate violative drug content and cooperates proactively with law enforcement authorities to combat the distribution of illicit drugs online. This statement underscores Meta's efforts to align its operations with legal standards and societal expectations regarding the prevention of drug-related harms.

Collaborative Efforts and Future Implications

In a recent development, Meta's president of global affairs, Nick Clegg, announced the company's participation in the Alliance to Prevent Drug Harms. This move coincides with a statement from US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken at a session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, highlighting a new collaborative effort involving the US, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Meta, Snap, and other entities to disrupt synthetic drug activity online. These partnerships reflect a broader initiative to address the complexities of drug sales in the digital age, underscoring the critical role of social media platforms in mitigating illegal activities.

The investigation into Meta's platforms marks a significant moment in the ongoing dialogue between technology companies and regulatory bodies regarding the responsibilities of social media in monitoring and controlling content. As the inquiry progresses, the outcomes could have far-reaching implications for how social media platforms are governed and regulated, particularly in relation to content that may facilitate illegal activities.

Meta is already facing legal action from 41 states for exploiting young users with addictive features on its platforms. The states' attorneys general say that Meta knew about the harm its platforms could cause to young people's mental health, but still designed features that kept them hooked for long periods. The lawsuit, filed in a federal court in California, is based on extensive investigations into Meta's practices and their impact on youth mental health.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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