Facebook: drug trade content removal Q4 2018 - Q3 2019

This statistic shows the number of content depicting trade of drugs taken action on by Facebook from the last quarter of 2018 to the third quarter of 2019. In the most recently reported period, the social network removed 4.4 million pieces of content that went against their standards on regulated goods, an increase from 572 thousand pieces of content in the fourth quarter of 2018. Facebook has invested in automatic detection to delete content that attempts the sale, purchase, and trade of non-medical drugs, pharmaceutical drugs, and marijuana.

Global number of content depicting trade of drugs removed by Facebook from 4th quarter 2018 to 3rd quarter 2019

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Release date

November 2019



Survey time period

Q4 2018 to Q3 2019

Supplementary notes

According to Facebook, "We don't allow individuals, manufacturers or retailers to buy, sell or trade non-medical drugs, pharmaceutical drugs and marijuana on Facebook. Recently we've invested in our automatic detection and enforcement to find and remove content that goes against our standards on regulated goods."

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