A satirical news site, The National Reports, wrote a fake story that received over 150,000 shares from panicked (alleged) marijuana smokers on Facebook.
The fake article claimed that Mark Zuckerberg hired a team of moderators to monitor Facebook's messaging system. His goal, the article joked, was to find and arrest people who buy drugs through the site.
Thousands of people flocked to the post, making claims that the FBI was watching and fearful about how they would get their hands on the illegal drug in the future.
This kind of situation is the reason why Facebook is planning on tagging satirical posts in the future. Soon stories like this will have a "satire" label in the News Feed.
Satire or not, the fake story does highlight what may be a little-known problem: Drug dealers turning to social media to peddle their wares. It makes sense as more people turn to the Internet to buy drugs, both illegal and prescription.
The real question is how Facebook, and the Internet community, should respond. Let me know what you think in the comments.
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