Facebook Drug Task Force rumour - Internet/Facebook Rumour

21 Aug 2014 - Article No: 1874. Filed under: General | Internet/Facebook Rumour

Rumours are circulating that claim Facebook are setting up a “Facebook Drug Task Force” who will be monitoring posts made by their users in order to stop people buying and selling narcotics on the social networking website.

The article, in part, reads…

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.

Like many erroneous and totally bogus stories this rumour comes courtesy of popular fake news website nationalreport.net which continually posts bogus stories to lure traffic to their website.

There is no Facebook Drug Task Force. The entire article is made up.

The story was published by a site called NationalReport.net, which is just another website that publishes fake news articles with curious titles designed to lure clicks and traffic to its website. Sites like these claim the articles are actually satirical in nature but often this is not apparent and the articles are dressed up like genuine news articles.

These sites exploit a business model that involves duping users into clicking headlines on social media websites and thus generating traffic to a website that makes money via its sponsored advertisements. We generally recommend avoiding these sites. For more information on how these hoaxes work, read our article here.

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