Purdue Fights OxyContin Lawsuits [PLUS: NYT Deletes Tweet and Censorship on Facebook]

The Purdue Saga Continues [PLUS: NYT Deletes Tweet and Censorship on Facebook]

The Purdue Saga Continues

We have another important update for you regarding the Purdue Pharma lawsuit.

Reports indicate that the pharmaceutical company has reached a potential deal to resolve over 2,000 lawsuits. Purdue Pharma’s responsibility in promoting the opioid crisis is finally being addressed – to an extent, anyway.

If the deal is finalized, then it will protect Purdue from having to go to trial. This also means that the company has to pay around $3 billion in cash and file for bankruptcy. In the future, any money made from the sale of Oxycontin would be put into a trust that would be used to help communities affected by widespread opioid abuse.

Not everyone is happy, though. Attorneys general from New York, Connecticut, and North Carolina don’t believe that $3 billion goes far enough. The family that owns Purdue Pharma, the Sacklers, is worth over $13 billion. New York Attorney General Letitia James said the family is “attempting to evade responsibility and lowball millions of victims of the opioids crisis.”

Eyes from across the nation are fixated on the results of this case.

New York Times Deletes 9/11 Tweet

Someone at The New York Times definitely regrets their tweet on the anniversary of 9/11.

Twitter users quickly pointed out that the tweet implied the airplanes (not the terrorists) were at fault for the attack on the World Trade Center.

Following the backlash, the paper deleted the tweet and made a new one that says “18 years after nearly 3,000 people were lost, families of those killed in the terror attacks will gather at the 9/11 memorial. There will be a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., then the names of the dead — one by one — will be recited.” The original story was also edited to say that terrorists commandeered the planes.

One would think that a prestigious news organization, like The New York Times, would have a little quality control with their content.

GOP Senators Upset over Pro-Life Censorship on Facebook

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Mike Braun (R-IN) decided enough was enough in light of Facebook’s treatment of a pro-life page. They sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, to condemn the company’s behavior.

Live Action, a group with over 2 million followers, shared two videos making the case that abortions are, medically speaking, never necessary. The videos, which include Live Action president Lila Rose and Dr. Kendra Kolb, a neonatologist, were reported for having false information.

Fact-checkers at Facebook then sent a notice to anyone who had shared the videos informing them that that they had shared a post with false content. Live Action claim’s that the fact-checks were done by Robyn Schickler and Daniel Grossman, who are both pro-choice activists. This is a blatant attack against Live Action by Facebook.

A few hours after the Senators’ letter was sent, Facebook added another violation to the group’s page.

Being accused of these particular violations prevents a page from sharing certain posts and interacting with followers. The company in charge of fact-checking for Facebook stated it would investigate Science Feedback, who claimed Live Action’s videos were giving out false information.

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