McKinley Questions Twitter’s Jack Dorsey on Illegal Opioid Sales on Social Media

During Energy and Commerce Hearing, McKinley Questions Twitter CEO About Illegal Online Pharmacy Opioid Advertisements

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Washington, September 5, 2018 | comments
During a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing into Twitter’s content moderation practices this afternoon, Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E., (WV-1) questioned Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, on illegal online pharmacies using the social media site to sell illegal opioid pills. This follows a previous Energy and Commerce hearing with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg where McKinley also highlighted illegal opioid sales on their social media platform. Earlier this year, 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 a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing into Twitter’s content moderation practices this afternoon, Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E., (WV-1) questioned Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, on illegal online pharmacies using the social media site to sell illegal opioid pills. This follows a previous Energy and Commerce hearing with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg where McKinley also highlighted illegal opioid sales on their social media platform. Earlier this year, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb called on social media companies to crack down on illegal opioid sales.

“Illegal online pharmacies are using social media platforms to circumvent the law and facilitate the purchase of highly addictive drugs without a prescription. This issue is particularly hard-hitting for West Virginia, where we have the highest opioid overdose rate in the nation,” said McKinley.

“Earlier this year, we highlighted this issue for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and we did so again today with Mr. Dorsey. Once we brought up examples of criminals using Twitter to conduct illegal opioid sales, they immediately banned those users and took down the ads, just as Facebook had done when we brought the issue up to them,” McKinley said.

“We are calling on Twitter, Facebook, and all social media sites to focus their resources towards developing a better system to block the illegal sale of opioids on their platforms. This is simply unacceptable, and it shouldn’t take being called out by Congress for these companies to take action,” McKinley added.

Click here to read more on FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s call to regulate illegal opioid sales on social media sites.

Click here to watch McKinley’s questioning of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

Click here to watch McKinley’s prior questioning of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
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