Drug sale ads are cropping up in hashtags aimed at recovering addicts

by Jordyn Pair · Sep 20th, 2019 1:39 pm
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Last Updated Nov 18th, 2019 at 1:53 pm

Popular Instagram hashtags meant to be used as support systems for people addicted to opioids have been hijacked by people selling the same drugs.

Comments on dozens of top posts under hashtags like #opioidcrisis and #opioidaddiction are advertising “fast deals” on drugs like Oxycontin, Percocet, and Codeine available through WhatsApp, Kik, or other services.

“We do not allow the sale of illegal drugs on Instagram,” a Facebook spokesperson wrote in a comment to BuzzFeed News, who originally reported the story. “It is against our policies to buy, sell or trade non-medical or pharmaceutical drugs on our platform — including in comments. Inappropriate comments can and should be reported, and will be reviewed like posts or stories.”

🔦 Facebook, which owns Instagram, appeared in a Senate hearing earlier this week to talk about hate speech and extremism on its platform.


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