Snapchat is one of the most popular social media platforms, especially amongst Millennials and Generation Z.
Snap has recently rolled out SnapMap, which has become one of their most prominent features.
However, what are you supposed to do when you witness criminal activity on SnapMap?
I assume most would ignore, dependent upon the severity of the crime. However what if you're in favor of law and order regardless of the circumstances involving the crime?
How would you then report the crime?
Locals in Orwell, Ohio are asking themselves these very questions after police say that drug dealers are using the tools available on the platform to advertise their marijuana business.
“If they are seeing drug usage or somebody posting drugs on social media, report it to us. We will look into it,” said Captain Tony Villanova who is the Commander of the Trumbull Ashtabula Group Task Force (TAG).
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Ohio Snapchat account shares pic of marijuana buds on baking sheet <a href="https://t.co/FmAHstETm9">https://t.co/FmAHstETm9</a> <a href="https://t.co/YLYqhpNwhA">pic.twitter.com/YLYqhpNwhA</a></p>— WKBN 27 First News (@WKBN) <a href="https://twitter.com/WKBN/status/902661684833091584">August 29, 2017</a></blockquote>
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I know, some people are going to say that it's just marijuana, and it's not a big deal.
Look, I agree with you. Marijuana isn't a big deal, in my opinion, however, it's illegal on the federal level.
Does it need to be reclassified? Yes. Should medicinal marijuana be legalized? Absolutely. Is it still degenerate? I believe all drugs are, and that if you're using them to cope with reality then you're living in a state that makes you avoid “feeling” and that's a sign of weakness.
That's my personal philosophy, and I understand when you're young you may not have such values. That's understandable.
Regardless this could set a precedent for other drug dealers making Heroin or Methamphetamine easily accessible to children, and I'm certain we all agree that's not something we can accept.
Villanueva said that any persons sharing images of illegal substances like marijuana or harder drugs on apps and social media where the public, especially children, are able to witness the narcotic is a danger to society.
Regardless of the outrage surrounding this specific incident, however, it's been a common theme on platforms such as Facebook and even MySpace two decades ago, so this is nothing new.
However, Villanueva said that if you see something, say something. You can even send police a screen grab anonymously if you'd like to protect your identity.
“There are times where we can get information but by the time we have a chance to investigate, that data is gone,” he said
Now police are asking users for their help in locating the suspects.
If you have any information that can lead TAG to those responsible or if you'd like to report similar crimes the task force can be reached at (330) 675-7890, on their website at https://tagohio.com where you can also leave an anonymous tip.
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