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May 15, 2020
S01 E04: Illegal Drugs Are Being Sold On Social Media

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S01 Ep 04:  Eric Feinberg – Illegal Drugs Are Being Sold On Social Media & Section 230

Did you know that companies like Google, Facebook/Instagram and YouTube allow the sale of illegal drugs including anabolic steroids and human growth hormone on their websites?  Well it’s true and this podcast will give you an inside look into why/how this is happening.   

When we think about a drug dealer most of us imagine a dark and dirty street corner where cash is exchanged for drugs.  In today’s world the drug dealer has entered the four walls of our homes and they’re in the hands of our loved ones.

In this episode you will hear from Eric Feinberg who is the mastermind behind his patented software that is finding the wide array of ads that are selling illegal drugs.  Eric is the Founding Member of the Global Intellectual Property Enforcement Center (GIPEC).

With a background in the advertising and marketing business Eric learned how companies are marketing to their potential buyers using a set of algorithms.  An algorithm is a process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer.  These algorithms play a vital role in today’s world of Social Media.

Why are these social media companies able to get away with selling drugs on their sites?  Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 provides immunity to these companies.  This is a key piece of legislation that we’re going to discuss in this podcast and how it’s led to millions of dollars of illegal drugs being peddled on some of the world’s leading social media sites.

Screen Shots from Instagram, YouTube and Facebook showing the sale of Anabolic Steroids.


Resource Links:

Global Intellectual Property Enforcement Center: http://www.gipec.com

Coalition for a Safer Web: https://coalitionsw.org

Tre Pennie for Congress TX 30: https://www.pennieforcongress.com

YouTube CEO and the debate over Section 230:  https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/youtube-ceo-susan-wojcicki-and-the-debate-over-section-230-60-minutes-2019-12-01/

Did You Know?

  • Over 1.5 million teens admit to using anabolic steroids.
  • The #1 reason young people turn to anabolic steroids is to look better. 
  • Up to 25% of Dietary Supplements are contaminated with illegal drugs and banned substances.
  • 85% of students have never been educated on this topic.

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