Snapchat, the social media platform known for its disappearing photos and videos, is now at the center of a federal investigation into illegal drug activity. CBS news reports that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are targeting cases where subpoenas have revealed that drug deals involving overdose deaths were arranged via Snapchat.
The company has responded aggressively to stop illegal activity on the platform. Snap Inc., Snapchat’s parent company, uses advanced technology to find drug dealer accounts and has implemented a system that blocks drug-related search results and directs users to expert resources on the dangers of fentanyl. In addition, Snap shares activity patterns on the platform with experts to quickly identify illegal behavior.
In a statement, company representatives said Snap has also been working on drug awareness, specifically fentanyl and counterfeit pills. Snap said the company is “committed” to fighting the national fentanyl crisis by providing resources and encouraging users not to buy drugs illegally online. By taking a proactive approach, Snap Inc. demonstrating its commitment to promoting security and preventing illegal activity on its platform.
“We will continue to do everything we can to address this epidemic,” Snap’s statement read in part, “including by working with other technology companies, public health agencies, law enforcement, families and non-profit organizations.”