During the beginning of the year we discussed how tinder can be used to find friends in a new city, or help you on your road to true love. However, a new article by the guardian reported that drug dealers are using popular social media platforms such as Instagram and Tinder to find young customers.
Using hash tags on various social media platforms, potential users can search simple phrases like #weed4sale. Once found, the customer then contacts the owner of the account through direct messages, or in the case of tinder, swipe right to match with. The buyer can then meet them face-to-face, use paypal, bitcoins or online gift cards to purchase the desired item.
However, not all of it bad. Many young people in the LGTBQ community often use this method to buy hormones for gender transitions since it bypasses restrictions and bureaucracy in the National Health Service.
Cracking down on this kind of activity is very difficult since online social media platforms and police forces rely on its users to report instances of illegal actions. If its not reported its difficult to stop it from happening again.