PLATFORM In May, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin criticized Snapchat asking him to “stop being the social network for drugs”

 Snapchat: The social network will strengthen the fight against drugs and illegal content

The Snapchat application on a smartphone. – Richard Drew/AP/SIPA

Snapchat no longer wants to act as an intermediary in the market; drug. Video and photo sharing app announced this Thursday a series of initiatives around the fight against narcotics on its platform.

The social network will therefore strengthen & lquo; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & rsquo; & rsquo; & eacute; & eacute; & eacute; & eacute; s requests from the police and other authorities on issues related to illegal content & nbsp; & rsquo;. To improve detection and removal of related content drugs, Snapchat combines several means & agrave; provision, in particular thanks to & agrave; artificial intelligence, human moderation and user reporting.

Prohibit and prevent

The emphasis, however, is not on pressure alone. As part of the prevention, Snapchat announces the establishment of a portal, baptized & eacute; & ldquo; & ldquo; Heads Up & rdquo;, aiming at & agrave; & ldquo; & nbsp; educate users about the risks involved drugs and addictions & nbsp; & raquo ;. Users will be able to find there & ldquo; verified information from the interministerial mission of the fight against drugs and addictive behaviors (MILDECA), with in particular a series of videos around the related risks. s & agrave; cannabis, MDMA, or touring use nitrogen protoxide, & rsquo; specifies the platform.

& ldquo; The measures announced today are part of a comprehensive approach to the fight against trafficking in illicit substances, ranging from the development of proactive tools to detect and remove linked content and accounts ; s & agrave; drugs, & agrave; a close collaboration with the authorities & nbsp; & raquo;, affirms Sarah Bouchahoua, public affairs manager for France at Snap Inc.

Directly & agrave; home

Thanks to social networks like Snapchat or Instagram and encrypted messaging like Signal or Telegram, receiving narcotics at home has become child's play, and the pandemic ; mie of Covid 19 amplified the phenomenon. The Minister of the Interior G & eacute; rald Darmanin had publicly rebuked; Snapchat at the end of May, by calling it & agrave; & ldquo; & ldquo; take responsibility & nbsp; & rdquo; to & ldquo; & ldquo; stop & rsquo; & rsquo; & rsquo; & rsquo; & ecirc; being the social network of drugs & nbsp; & rdquo ;.