Why is this page still on Facebook?
Our May 11, 2022 video asked why Facebook hadn't removed a webpage that was openly selling controlled prescription pills in violation of its own community standards even after we reported it. As of May 25th, despite several additional reports, the page is still there.
Remember a couple of weeks ago when we reported that a drug dealer’s page was still operating on Facebook after we reported it?
On May 11, we asked "Why is this page still up on Facebook? And 2 weeks later, this page is still up and calls to take it down by members of our staff have been completely ignored.
This is particularly annoying to us, since Facebook happily takes down our alerts about the dangers of counterfeit medicines.
On several occasions reports on counterfeit drug crime from legitimate news sources we have shared have been flagged as spam for reasons that remain opaque.
However Facebook seems unconcerned about a page that mails illicit pills and other drugs to Facebook users in exchange for money.
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This is an unboxing video, but not for the latest iPad or Pixel phone. It’s for illegal drugs.
The recipient opens the envelope and shows pills that almost certainly contain fentanyl hidden inside a deck of cards. They uploaded it to the facebook page of the dealer as an endorsement of their drug selling business.
Unboxing Screenshots (Facebook, May 2022) Click images to enlarge.
Trafficking pharmaceuticals or illicit drugs violates Facebook’s community standards, so PSM staff reported the page, but after an automated review, Facebook decided not to take the content down. We reported it again, but it was still live as we filmed this.
This drug dealer is so brazen that after you order from them, they post the USPS priority mail receipt to their Facebook page to prove they’ve sent the drugs to you. To prove they’ve got inventory they post photos of their illegal products with a phone with a current date.
And the best thing? This isn’t the only Facebook page they’re running.
Screenshots from a page that sells drugs. (Facebook, May 2022.) Click images to enlarge.
This is a problem on every social media platform and on private messaging services too.
Snapchat in particular has stated six times that they’re working hard on this problem, and yet… another teen died in October 2021 after buying from a Snapchat drug dealer.
And a minor in Minnesota almost died after taking a pill he got from someone on Snapchat just last month.
Every one of these platforms forbids drug trafficking, but the dealers are still operating there even though they are being reported. Promises from social media platforms are no longer believable.
Social media companies MUST DO BETTER at enforcing their own standards.
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Social media platforms say that they don't tolerate drug trafficking on their sites, but they are not credible if they aren't removing content like this:
https://youtu.be/CGYJk-mPNXs Thanks, @AwarenessVoices and @stoptheVOID for working to stop this.