TikTok, the social media platform of amazing dance videos, hilarious skits and most recently, the Jenner sisters, has taken on a more sinister face. The New York Times reports that Mexican drug cartels are uploading videos featuring drugs, armoured vehicles, weapons and poppies being watered to the sound of love songs… to recruit young would-be gangsters into their world. Mexico is reportedly expected to break records with its murder rate this year, so the use of social media as a marketing tool for gangsters is worrying. Meanwhile, the country this week also legalised marijuana after a protracted legal battle to get the country’s lawmakers to do so.
This brief was originally published in The Wrap here.