Snap Cracks into Action

October 8, 2021

I read “Snap Is Taking Action to Address Fentanyl Dealing on Snapchat.” I learned:

In its blog post, Snapchat stresses that it’s taking more enforcement action against dealers on its platform. It says that enforcement rates have more than doubled in the first half of 2021, and that its systems have proactively detected 260 percent more material than it did previously. It says that nearly two-thirds of drug-related content is proactively discovered by its artificial intelligence systems and adds that it’s improved its response time to valid law enforcement requests by 85 percent year over year. Nevertheless, Snap admits it still has more work to do.

Yep, encouraging. Slow responses to government inquiries? Hey, the company is busy. A synthetic heroin market? Hey, who knew. More work to do? Heck, yes. Busy? Right.

Social media companies are interesting. Just busy.

Stephen E Arnold, October 8, 2021


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