MNA Science & Tech Desk: Drug dealers are openly using Facebook to target children, a Daily Mail investigation reveals. Scores of criminals are freely touting for business on the site and other social media giants including Instagram and Twitter.
Many are offering cannabis for sale. One dealer, when contacted, offered to sell cocaine. A reporter posing as a teenage boy found dealers on Facebook willing to supply him with drugs even when they knew he was still at school.
The social media sites were accused of failing to shut down ‘blatant’ law-breaking and of ‘aiding and abetting’ the sale of drugs. They have already come under fire for their alleged failure to restrict terrorist material or launch crackdowns on the activities of child abusers.
Campaigners called for internet giants to face tougher sanctions over the continued failure to root out criminal activity.
The Mail’s investigation followed a report earlier this month that warned that children as young as 13 were using social media to buy drugs online.