Users turn to Facebook, YouTube to research and buy steroids: study

Users turn to Facebook, YouTube to research and buy steroids: study
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Users of Facebook and YouTube, which is owned by Google, are using the platforms to find more information on steroids, as well as to make purchases of the drugs, according to a recent study

The Digital Citizens Alliance, a nonprofit organization that conducted the study, found YouTube videos with recommendations on where to get the drugs and how to use them.

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The researchers also were able to purchase steroids from an online Facebook Marketplace specifically for appearance- and performance-enhancing drugs.

Specifically, the group said it "found hundreds of examples of drug dealers selling performance and appearance enhancing drugs."

YouTube spokesperson Farshad Shadloo said that the company had removed 90,000 videos seen as "harmful or dangerous" between April and June, including videos on steroid use. 

"Our systems are not perfect but we're constantly making improvements, and we remain committed to progress in this space," Shadloo said in a statement.

A Facebook spokesperson The Hill, "our Community Standards make it very clear that buying, selling or trading drugs, which include steroids, is not allowed anywhere on Pages, in advertising, or anywhere else on Facebook. We remove any content that violates these policies as we become of aware of its presence."

Facebook and YouTube have both received backlash after political misinformation and child pornography appeared on their sites.

Facebook did not respond the The Hill's request for comment.

—Updated Tuesday at 12:48 p.m.