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Hoax: Facebook Drug Task Force To Begin Monitoring All Messages

A Facebook hoax claims “Facebook Drug Task Force To Begin Monitoring All Messages October 1st” and will be “implementing a drug task force.” However, this is not true. This hoax was first published by satirical website nationalreport.net.

Nationalreport.net is a news and political satire publication that creates website traffic by printing false information. The website notoriously publishes provocative and false information in order to cause anxiety, shock, and fear, which in return equals unique website views.

The website claims that Facebook will be implementing a drug task force designed to arrest Facebook users who buy and sell narcotics using Facebook and that Facebook is calling the group the Facebook Drug Task Force, or FDTF. This is entirely false, as Facebook is not going after those who buy and sell drugs, such as marijuana on the social network.

It should be noted that the satire article claims to contain a 24 hour hotline or phone number for the Facebook drug task force, but the phone number (785) 273-0325 actually belongs to Westboro Baptists Church in Topeka, Kansas. Westboro Baptists Church is an extremely offensive and inappropriate organization known for racism and homophobia.

If you see these posts on your Facebook news feed it is likely that your friend was duped by this hoax.

Example

Facebook Drug Task Force To Begin Monitoring All Messages October 1st – National Report
Menlo Park, CA — Beginning October 1st, Facebook will be implementing a drug task force…
NATIONALREPORT.NET


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