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FDA wants Facebook & Twitter to crack down ...
FDA wants Facebook and Twitter to crack down on opioid sales

In a speech given yesterday at the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced that the agency would be inviting a number of internet company CEOs to a summit that will host discussions on potential solutions to the tech industry's role in the US opioid crisis. Gottlieb says that the FDA has found offers to purchase opioids and other drugs on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, Google, Yahoo, and Bing. He added that in a report from the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, investigators found that "'it was easy to find fentanyl advertised online,' pay for it using cryptocurrency or credit cards and have it shipped to anywhere in the United States through international mail."

Gottlieb said that he and the FDA were concerned about the role social media companies, ISPs and others were playing in the sale of opioids online. "Internet firms simply aren't taking practical steps to find and remove these illegal opioid listings," he said. "There's ample evidence of narcotics being advertised and sold online. I know that internet firms are reluctant to cross a threshold, where they could find themselves taking on a broader policing role. But these are insidious threats being propagated on these web platforms."

At the proposed summit, a date for which hasn't been set, the FDA plans to bring together tech executives, academics and advocacy groups, who will discuss current gaps in technology and possible solutions to the problem. The FDA will also ask participating companies to agree to meet again after a year to review their progress. "We need to work together on shared solutions to address the problem of opioids marketing in the online space, and we need internet media companies to be our partners in this effort, taking on more social responsibility for implementing those solutions," said Gottlieb.

Companies like Twitter and Facebook have responded to government pressure in the past. Gottlieb noted that ISPs and social media companies cracked down on the sale of child pornography "when they've been forced to." And after President Obama pushed Facebook to halt person-to-person gun and ammo sales, the company changed its community standards to effectively ban the practice. Though the company's enforcement of that policy hasn't always been very consistent.

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By: Mallory Locklear

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Yes, I read about this in the times yesterday, twist. This is yet another angle in the omnipresent fda attack on kratom also, It's users, it's sellers... Make no mistake. This is all-out psyops by these bastard's.
"Government is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex"

(04-07-2018, 05:01 AM)TheTide Wrote: Yes, I read about this in the times yesterday, twist. This is yet another angle in the omnipresent fda attack on kratom also, It's users, it's sellers... Make no mistake.  This is all-out psyops by these bastard's.

Yes, Tide. Look at what is happening on Reddit along with other large internet sites. A law that was put into place in 1995 has been twisted numerous times to fit the agenda of various politicals over the years & now ... we have the Gott.

The following article is just one of the numerous search results regarding Section 230 of this "multi-use" law & how it is being used right now ...
Quote:It's 1995, and Chris Cox is on a plane reading a newspaper. One article about a recent court decision catches his eye. This moment, in a way, ends up changing his life — and, to this day, it continues to change ours.

The case that caught the congressman's attention involved some posts on a bulletin board — the early-Internet precursor to today's social media. The ruling led to a new law, co-authored by Cox and often called simply "Section 230."

This 1996 statute became known as "a core pillar of Internet freedom" and "the law that gave us modern Internet" — a critical component of free speech online. But the journey of Section 230 runs through some of the darkest corners of the Web. Most egregiously, the law has been used to defend, a website featuring ads for sex with children forced into prostitution.

Today, this law still sits at the heart of a major question about the modern Internet: How much responsibility do online platforms have for how their users behave or get treated?

Link to the article:
"Section 230: A Key Legal Shield For Facebook, Google Is About To Change"

Things are changing at a record pace & these changes are chilling. I don't know what this ride is called, I only know that I WANT OFF!!!  Screaming
Worry comes from the belief you are powerless
I wonder if people sent the aka thousands of videos and take some of the donations to pump the success stories on major airways and outlets? Propaganda is working for the dea and fda. It will work for us. Especially since our propaganda is true!
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