May 14, 2018

Twitter fails to take down Xanax adverts

Twitter and Instagram have been criticised for failing to remove posts advertising Xanax by an MP who raised concerns about the drug in Parliament. "I think social media companies need to take greater and swifter action to stop these dealers from selling Xanax online." The BBC found that while Facebook was quick to take down posts advertising and promoting Xanax, Twitter failed to remove any of 16 posts and pages reported to it as part of this investigation until contacted for comment. John, 17, says he takes Xanax recreationally as it's an easily accessible drug and only costs about £10 for five pills - although he fully expects these tablets are fake as it's difficult to get hold of the genuine article in the UK. "It kind of takes away your care for a lot of things, a lot of things going around your head it just takes it that away." "We are now seeing Xanax being advertised by dealers as a liquid, powder, sweets, vape or mouthwash."

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