ICYMI: Facebook Tears Down Ads After McKinley Grills CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Takes Down Illegal Opioid Ads After McKinley Raises Issue in Committee Hearing with CEO Mark Zuckerberg

During the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s hearing into Facebook’s security and privacy issues this week, Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E., (WV-1) grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on illegal online pharmacies using the social media site to sell opioid pills. After the hearing, Facebook reacted to McKinley’s questioning by tearing down the illegal opioid advertisements.
During the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s hearing into Facebook’s security and privacy issues this week, Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E., (WV-1) grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on illegal online pharmacies using the social media site to sell opioid pills. After the hearing, Facebook reacted to McKinley’s questioning by tearing down the illegal opioid advertisements.

“This issue was brought to our attention through the many round tables and hearings we’ve had on the opioid epidemic. We know that drug dealers, doctors and pharmacists running pill mills, and distributors in the pharmaceutical industry are responsible for the scourge of the opioid epidemic, but when it was brought to our attention that these drugs are being sold on Facebook, we needed to take steps to address it. This won’t solve the whole problem, but it is a step in the right direction,” said McKinley.

“We are encouraged that Facebook took down the ads once we pointed them out in the hearing, and we recognize that they can’t manually catch every occurrence of drugs being listed for sale. Facebook has been extremely successful in developing tools and algorithms to stop certain types of content from being pushed on the site, and we’re hopeful they will do the same to stop the sale of drugs,” McKinley said.

“In the coming weeks, Congress will take further action to combat the opioid epidemic. We have hearings with the major drug distributors to hold them accountable for the millions of pills they’ve recklessly shipped into our communities and we are crafting major legislation to give states the resources to provide treatment and prevention services,” McKinley added.

To watch McKinley’s interaction with Mr. Zuckerberg, click here.

To read coverage on McKinley’s grilling of Mr. Zuckerberg, click here.

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