Instagram Cracks Down On Crack & Other Drug-Related Searches

Apparently the war on drugs isn’t over yet … at least, not on the internet.

First the Feds shut down the Silk Road, a massive dark web operating site dealing primarily in narcotics transactions, and now Instagram has banned the search for drugs on their site. Certain slang codes — such as “roxy” (Roxicodone) and “xans” (Xanax) are now on the site’s no-no list. No word yet on how this will affect the search for girls actually named “Molly.”


The Facebook-owned entity took the measure after the BBC’s new social media series #BBCtrending did an exposé about the lax regulations in regards to drug sales on the mobile picture site.

“We encourage people who come across illegal or inappropriate content to report it to us using the built-in reporting tools next to every photo, video or comment, so we can take action. People can’t buy things on Instagram, we are simply a place where people share photos and videos.” a spokesperson for Instagram told the BBC.

(Note to self: Don’t sell the BBC any drugs)


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