Best Practices To Rid Social Media Of Drug Trafficking
Drug traffickers use all of the tools and platforms of social media, from still images to video, with the same ease that others use them to post adorable kitten videos. Like any other kind of business, dealers use social media to recruit customers, advertise products, and drive sales.
We thought that social media companies wouldn’t stand for drug traffickers on their platforms killing our children—and dozens of others. Despite our pleas, and those of so many other victims’ families, and despite the subsequent promises of almost every major social media platform, organizations who track these deaths report that the problem is still growing.
However, platforms could act today. From our research with law enforcement, parent safety groups, and anti-child pornography advocates, we have identified concrete changes social media companies can implement now to thwart illicit drug sales.
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- Steven L. Filson, Chair
City of San Bernardino Police Department (Ret.)
- Jeanne Waggener
Former Chair, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy;
Former President, Texas State Board of Pharmacy
- Amy Neville, Vice-Chair
Founder, Alexander Neville Foundation
- Ashley Thompson
- Shabbir Safdar
Executive Director, Partnership for Safe Medicines
- Daniel Salter
Director, Atlanta-Carolina High Intensity Drug
- Kathleen Miles
Director of Analysis, Center on Illicit Networks and Organized Crime Trafficking Area