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FAKE-NEWS: 'Facebook Drug Task Force' to Monitor Facebook Posts


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Outline

Circulating report claims that Facebook is implementing a drug task force that will monitor all user messages posted on the network with a view to detecting and arresting people who buy and sell narcotics.

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Brief Analysis

The claims in the message are untrue. No such Facebook Drug Task Force is being set up. The report was first published on the fake-news website National Report, which claims to be satirical. Nothing published on National Report should be taken seriously.

   

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Facebook Drug Task Force To Begin Monitoring All Messages October 1st
Menlo Park, CA — Beginning October 1st, Facebook will be implementing a drug task force designed to arrest those who buy and sell narcotics while using the online social networking site. Facebook is calling the group the Facebook Drug Task Force, or FDTF, and will be monitoring all postings and messages created by its users.

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Detailed Analysis

Report Claims Facebook Drug Task Force to be Implemented

According to a report that is making its way rapidly around the interwebs, Facebook is implementing a drug task force on the network.

Supposedly, the Facebook Drug Task Force (FDTF) will monitor all user messages posted on Facebook with a view to finding and arresting people who buy or sell narcotics. The report claims that the Facebook Drug Task Force will be working directly with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and local law-enforcement agencies to help 'put away the bad guys'.

The report even includes a '24 hour hotline' phone number, which it claims that people can use to contact the drug force.

The claims have raised consternation among commentators who are condemning the plans as an invasion of their privacy.

Claims are Nonsense - Story Comes Via Fake-News Site National Report

However, the claims in the report are utter nonsense. No such Facebook Drug Task Force exists. The story is a work of fiction that comes courtesy of the fake-news website National Report.

None of the stories published on National Report are true. The site has been responsible for a string of nonsensical reports that have circulated virally, causing anger and confusion as they circulate.

The site apparently considers itself satirical in nature, although many would not consider the constant stream of drivel that the site's writers churn out to be anything akin to satire.

The site presents its fanciful material in news format and, at least at first glance, National Report might seem like a serious news resource.  And, the site does not have any clear disclaimer that reveals that its stories are fictional.

Thus, many users are inclined to take the stories seriously and share them with their friends.

Fake-News 'Satire' Sites Increasingly Common

Regrettably, fake-news sites have become increasingly common in recent years. It is wise to verify any social media reports that come your way via reputable news sources before sharing them. Especially if the reports seem strange or far-fetched.

   

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Last updated: September 22, 2015
First published: August 21, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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