What They’re Saying: McKinley’s Questioning of Facebook’s Zuckerberg

McKinley Pressed Facebook CEO About Illegal Online Pharmacy Opioid Advertisements

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Washington, April 12, 2018 | comments
During the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s hearing into Facebook’s security and privacy issues yesterday, Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E., (WV-1) questioned Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, on illegal online pharmacies using the social media site to sell illegal opioid pills. This questioning comes one week after Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb called on social media companies to crack down on illegal opioid sales.
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During the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s hearing into Facebook’s security and privacy issues yesterday, Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E., (WV-1) questioned Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, on illegal online pharmacies using the social media site to sell illegal opioid pills. This questioning comes one week after Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb called on social media companies to crack down on illegal opioid sales.

Below are national and local media reactions to McKinley’s tough questioning of Mr. Zuckerberg:

Facebook’s Zuckerberg just survived 10 hours of questioning by Congress – The Washington Post
“And Rep. David McKinley (W.Va.) accused Zuckerberg and Facebook of “hurting people” by failing to thwart those who try to sell opioids on the site.”

GOP rep grills Zuckerberg on opioid sales on Facebook – The Hill
“Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.) grilled Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday over opioid dealers using the social media giant to distribute drugs, saying the platform was hurting its users.”

Can Facebook Develop a Conscience? – The New York Times
“On Wednesday, Representative David McKinley, a West Virginia Republican, displayed recent Facebook ads offering opioids for sale without a prescription and addressed Mr. Zuckerberg directly. “Facebook is actually enabling an illegal activity, and in so doing you are hurting people,” he said. “Would you agree with that statement?””

Mark Zuckerberg takes heat over illegal opioid sales on Facebook – CNN
“Rep. David McKinley, a Republican from West Virginia, was one of those who pressed Zuckerberg on why Facebook hasn't done more to remove posts from sellers offering illicit opioids.”

Facebook is 'enabling' illegal opioid sales, says GOP lawmaker – Washington Examiner
“Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., charged Wednesday that Facebook is making the nation's opioid addiction worse in the U.S. by allowing online pharmacies to sell drugs illegally on the social media site.”

McKinley rips into Zuckerberg over on-line pharmacy ads – West Virginia Metro News
“But Wednesday during Zuckerberg’s appearance before the House committees, Congressman David McKinley (R-WV 1) was far less diplomatic.”

McKinley Questions Facebook CEO on Social Media Comapny's Role in Opioid Crisis – West Virginia Public Broadcasting
“Although Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is giving testimony to Congress on issues related to data privacy surrounding the 2016 election, a West Virginia congressman used his time to question the tech mogul on the social media network’s influence on the opioid crisis.”

McKinley presses Zuckerberg on Facebook ads for illegal opioid sales – Charleston Gazette-Mail
“Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during testimony Wednesday over advertisements the platform hosted for the illegal sale of highly addictive opioids.”

Following McKinley’s tough line of questioning, Facebook immediately took action to remove the illegal opioid ads off of the social media platform.



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